GREEN Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley was dramatically dragged away from a fracking site by police yesterday.
Mr Bartley was giving a speech at the entrance of the site at Kirby Misperton in Yorkshire operated by Third Energy.
Officers asked protesters to move away from the entrance to allow a delivery into the site, where a well has been drilled and fracking is due to start.
Protesters at the gate shouted “arms together, lock together” and continued to block the entrance.
A Kirby Misperton Protection Camp spokesperson said: “At this point, Jonathan chose to sit to establish a sense of calm and hold a peaceful protest at the gateway.
“He was lifted by two policeman who dragged him aside to a verge where police held people in containment.”
Superintendent Alisdair Dey of North Yorkshire Police said: “A number of people were standing, sitting and lying in the road outside the hydraulic fracturing site at 1.15pm.
“Officers explained they were blocking the road, and asked them to move on several occasions, but they refused to do so. Several people were then moved away by officers.”