Road closed through Balcombe by protesters opposed to fracking

Tents, vans and caravans belonging to protesters remain in place two hours after the eviction notice was read out. Pic Steve Robards
Tents, vans and caravans belonging to protesters remain in place two hours after the eviction notice was read out. Pic Steve Robards
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The B2036 London Road at Balcombe has been closed after protesters pulled a caravan across the carriageway, blocking it in both directions.

As the caravan was pulled into position just under an hour ago (around 1.45pm on Tuesday September 10), a man D-locked himself to the vehicle delaying its removal.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “A specialist protest removal team is attending to release the man and the caravan will be moved as soon as we are able to safely do so. While we are working as quickly as possible to re-open the road, people planning to use the route, including those picking up children from school, should consider alternatives where possible.”

A number of protesters have been arrested outside the Cuadrilla drilling site today, including two who tried to prevent the movement of a lorry arriving at the location.