PROTESTORS held up a lorry on its way to a controversial fracking site.

Four people walked in front of the vehicle along Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, in a slow walk protest.

The incident took place between 1pm and 1.20pm on Wednesday, before the lorry continued along the road into the site.

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Police Liaison Officers facilitated the slow walk while local traffic was able to pass.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "We'll continue to support and protect people engaged in peaceful protest at Kirby Misperton.

"We are balancing the needs and wishes of all parties involved at Kirby Misperton, including people assembling and protesting peacefully, businesses carrying out their lawful activity, and local residents going about their daily lives safely and without disruption."

The protest follows uncertainty for the plans, as campaigners welcomed the news that fracking may be delayed until after Christmas due to a legal loophole last week.

Hundreds of campaigners took to the streets of Pickering on Saturday to show their continued opposition.

On Monday and Tuesday - as with last week - many officers were redeployed to neighbourhood policing duties and responding to incidents elsewhere, due to the nature of protest activity at the site.