From the Salford Star
BARTON MOSS POLITICAL PRISONER FREED AND CASE DROPPED AGAINST ANOTHER PROTECTOR
|Star date: 8th May 2014
KATE MCCANN FREED ON BAIL AS CASE AGAINST ANOTHER SALFORD ANTI FRACKING PROTECTOR COLLAPSES
Kate McCann, dubbed `fracking’s first political prisoner’, was freed from jail this afternoon as a judge lifted an oppressive six months remand in Birmingham Prison and replaced it with standard bail conditions.
In a dramatic day at Manchester Magistrates Court another protector, Mark Dent, was cleared of `threatening to kill’ a lorry driver and other public order offences as the Crown case collapsed.
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This afternoon, Kate McCann – `fracking’s first political prisoner’ – was freed from six month’s remand at Birmingham Prison and released on bail after an application at Manchester Crown Court (for further details see previous Salford Star article – click here).
Immediately after Kate was freed he was put on trial at Manchester Magistrates Court for activities at Salford’s Barton Moss anti-fracking protests. The trial continues tomorrow, and tonight his partner, Tammy, posted a message to all their supporters…
“I just want to thank you for all your love and support for myself and Kate and each other…I’m very proud of you all. I’ve seen people find friends, become part of this community albeit online only for some, seen many of you do lovely kind things for people you have never met, seen people stranded assisted to get home, I’ve seen messages communicated to where they need to get to,
“I’ve seen people receive physical, emotional, financial and spiritual assistance. I’ve seen you all growing and bloom and educating yourselves and others. Did I ever tell you how wonderfully beautifully awesome and inspiring you all are? Love u all…”
Meanwhile, in another court at Manchester Magistrates, the Crown case collapsed against Mark Dent, who was charged with `threatening to kill’ a lorry driver delivering to the IGas exploratory drilling site at Barton Moss. The judge ruled that there were `wide inconsistencies’ in the key witness’s statements and thus the prosecution failed to prove its case.
Today has been the second day running that charges relating to Greater Manchester Police arrests on Barton Moss have been thrown out of court (see previous Salford Star article – click here).
“We are extremely happy with the result of this and other cases arising out of the anti fracking protests” says Simon Pook of Robert Lizar Solicitors “It is the right outcome and a victory for the right to peaceful protest and freedom of speech.”
There are over two hundred more Barton Moss cases still to come to court…
Main photo, by Ben Deevoy, shows Kate and Tammy outside the court this afternoon