Anti-fracking protester fined for gluing himself to Great Lever petrol pump

The Bolton News: Anti-fracking protester Mark Taylor outside Bolton Magistrates Court Anti-fracking protester Mark Taylor outside Bolton Magistrates Court

AN anti-fracking protester has been fined and ordered to pay compensation after gluing himself to a petrol pump.

Mark Taylor, aged 39, was one of four protesters arrested after chaining themselves to petrol pumps at the garage in Rishton Lane, Great Lever.

The protest took place on Saturday, January 18, and caused £400 damage to the pumps, Bolton Magistrates Court heard.

The group was demonstrating against Total after the firm announced it would invest more than £12 million in the UK’s shale gas industry.

The petrol station, managed by Reezwan Patel, is no longer owned by Total, but the owners had not yet taken down the signs.

Nicola Ormerod, prosecuting, said Taylor and Leanne Fletcher, who was sentenced previously, glued themselves together but got stuck to the pumps.

Mr Patel was forced to shut the business for two hours and switch off the electricity. He is thought to have lost £200 in earnings and damage to the pumps.

Magistrates heard Taylor wanted to take part in a peaceful protest and did not intend to cause any damage.

Taylor, of Wheat Common, Ludlow, Shropshire, admitted criminal damage.

Mr Morrissey, chairman of the bench, said: “There is no reason to object to a free protest. It’s what keeps us as a society.


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“You have every right and we would respect that. I know you aren’t going to change the way you are, but this is criminal damage. Please respect other people.”

Taylor was fined £100, ordered to pay Mr Patel £150 compensation and pay £85 court costs.

The other protesters, Leanne Fletcher, aged 21, Garry Henesy, aged 37, both of Barton Moss Road, Eccles, and Aaron Bell, aged 26, of Norton Street, Grantham, have all previously been ordered to pay £150 compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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4:06pm Fri 31 Jan 14

goldie47 says...

what a prat
what a prat goldie47

4:35pm Fri 31 Jan 14

mdavies11 says...

His cornrows and colourful hat show what an edgy, original free spirit he is.
His cornrows and colourful hat show what an edgy, original free spirit he is. mdavies11

4:58pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Mart421 says...

Is this person on benefits, if so they should be stopped as it is clearly obvious that he is not actively seeking employment. All the others should have their benefits stopped also, then maybe they will find some paid work to do instead of causing mayhem.
Is this person on benefits, if so they should be stopped as it is clearly obvious that he is not actively seeking employment. All the others should have their benefits stopped also, then maybe they will find some paid work to do instead of causing mayhem. Mart421

9:21am Sat 1 Feb 14

jamesthemonkeh says...

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9:51am Sat 1 Feb 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

Mart421 wrote:
Is this person on benefits, if so they should be stopped as it is clearly obvious that he is not actively seeking employment. All the others should have their benefits stopped also, then maybe they will find some paid work to do instead of causing mayhem.
If you stop his benefits then how is he going to pay his fine? It's us taxpayers who fund his benefits anyway!
[quote][p][bold]Mart421[/bold] wrote: Is this person on benefits, if so they should be stopped as it is clearly obvious that he is not actively seeking employment. All the others should have their benefits stopped also, then maybe they will find some paid work to do instead of causing mayhem.[/p][/quote]If you stop his benefits then how is he going to pay his fine? It's us taxpayers who fund his benefits anyway! clitheroe blue boy

3:55pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Worrying that these pumps can be badly damaged by a bit of glue. Are they safe for the public....
Worrying that these pumps can be badly damaged by a bit of glue. Are they safe for the public.... Rememberscarborough

6:27pm Sat 1 Feb 14

lv8151 says...

Mart421 wrote:
Is this person on benefits, if so they should be stopped as it is clearly obvious that he is not actively seeking employment. All the others should have their benefits stopped also, then maybe they will find some paid work to do instead of causing mayhem.
you say .... "it is clearly obvious that he is not actively seeking employment" .... i'd love to know what makes you 100% sure he is not looking for work
[quote][p][bold]Mart421[/bold] wrote: Is this person on benefits, if so they should be stopped as it is clearly obvious that he is not actively seeking employment. All the others should have their benefits stopped also, then maybe they will find some paid work to do instead of causing mayhem.[/p][/quote]you say .... "it is clearly obvious that he is not actively seeking employment" .... i'd love to know what makes you 100% sure he is not looking for work lv8151

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