Lancashire fracking security guard denies assault charge

Lancaster Magistrates Court. 23080411COURT
Lancaster Magistrates Court. 23080411
COURT Lancaster Magistrates Court. 23080411
A security guard at a Lancashire fracking site has appeared in court charged with assaulting a protestor and criminal damage.

Ebrima Jagne, of Levens Grove, Blackpool, appeared before magistrates in Lancaster on February 1 charged with assaulting protestor Louise Boyle outside Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Little Plumpton on June 1 2017.

He is also accused of destroying her camp bed.

The 33-year-old had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, which are understood to be the first brought against security staff at the Preston New Road site.

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Both Mr Jagne’s defence and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) asked for more time to look at new video evidence, and said a significantly longer trial would be needed to present it.

Magistrates decided to adjourn the trial before it started, and a new two day trial has been set for Preston Magistrates Court on May 17 and 18 in front of a District Judge.

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