13 December 2016
The Green Party has celebrated the dismissal of the case against Anti-Fracking Nana Tina Rothery on Friday as a victory for the future of peaceful protest.
Rothery, a 54-year-old grandmother, could have become the first ever climate change protestor to go to prison when she appeared at The Law Courts in Preston (Friday 9 December 2016).
Rothery was taken to court by fracking firm Cuadrilla for trespass after she staged a peaceful protest in a field near Blackpool which was under consideration as a fracking exploration site.
She was ordered to pay the firm’s legal bills which stood at more than £55,000, and could have faced 14 days in jail for refusing to pay. But today a judge dismissed the case against her.
The Green Party has given Rothery lifetime membership, which she gladly accepted, in support of her fight against shale gas exploration in Lancashire.
Green Party Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley said:
“Today marks a great victory for everyone who believes in the right to peaceful protest and the fight against climate change. It would have been utterly unjust to jail Tina Rothery, who has shown exceptional courage protecting her community from the threat of fracking.
“It is an honour to give Tina lifetime Green Party membership in recognition of her bravery in the fight to protect our planet"