Events

Brass band Christmas concert

Frodsham & Helsby Rotary presents A Christmas Silver Band Concert at Frodsham Community Centre on Sunday (10 December), starting at 7pm. Proceeds from the annual Yuletide event, which features traditional as well as Christmas-themed band music from the award-winning Marsden Silver Prize Band, all go to Rotary charities. The championship Brass Band, based in the village of Marsden in the Pennines just a couple of miles from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, has a proud heritage spanning more than 125 years. The band’s highest accolades include 2nd place at the Scottish Open in 2013; appearances on Yorkshire Tea adverts and at the…

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News & Comment

Police are “glorified security guards” of the fracking industry

NORTH Wales Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Arfon Jones says the Police have become the “glorified security guards” of the fracking industry. Unless the “well-funded” fracking industry is prepared to foot the entire bill, Mr Jones believes police officers should not be present at any of the demonstrations at drilling sites across the UK. In the first full set of answers to the #wedemandtherights campaign‘s 16 questions put to all 42 PCCs, Mr Jones said: “All forces are under pressure and we can ill afford to provide glorified security guards to police a practice that many of the public we…

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News & Comment

£75,000 a year but nothing to say about fracking

AFTER 25 hours and 10 minutes the #wedemandtherights campaign has its first response from a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to its set of 16 detailed questions concerning the recent INEOS High Court injunctions and the policing of fracking demonstrations. In answer to our 831-word covering letter and question set, John Campion (Conservative), Crime Commissioner for West Mercia Police, responded in just 14 words – nine of which merely confirmed his identity: “The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, has no comment on this.” Mr Campion – who promised in his 2016 election that he would be a…

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News & Comment

Crime commissioner says INEOS injunctions ‘erode’ civil liberties

THE Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for North Wales (pictured above) endorses the view that the current INEOS injunctions against the anti-fracking movement represent a threat to civil liberties. Earlier this morning (28 November) Arfon Jones, who was elected in 2016 to represent the North Wales Police area, retweeted our report ‘The INEOS injunctions: Undermining the right to protest’ (26 November) with the words: “Please read if you’re interested in the erosion of our civil rights by the state”. Crime commissioner challenge wideopenroads now challenges the 41 other PCCs to read our article and endorse it similarly. We will report…

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Features

Calling all photographers

Do you have a great picture of Frodsham, Helsby or north/central Cheshire that you’d like to share? Or perhaps something that demonstrates the lighter side of community life. I’m starting up a new community-based website for Frodsham, Helsby and north Cheshire, and am looking for images that I can use to help illustrate articles and features that I write about, so any help in the photographic department is very welcome, and I know there are some fabulous photographers out there. Perhaps you have some pictures of the recent Frodsham Christmas Festival celebrations? Or some great aerial shots? Or some shots…

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Blog

The INEOS injunctions: Undermining the right to protest

MAKE no mistake, last week’s High Court ruling confirming the majority of temporary injunctions that have been in place to ‘protect’ shale gas explorer INEOS’s assets, staff and supply chain since July, is a setback for the anti-fracking protestors. But whichever side of the fence one stands on (and be careful not to chain yourself to it unless you fancy six months in prison and a hefty £5,000 fine), the case raises serious questions, going forward, about the ability of public protest movements to be effective in any kind of meaningful way. And remember, as owner of PEDL 294, INEOS…

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News & Comment

INEOS wins High Court fracking battle

  THE anti-fracking lobby has suffered a blow against its direct action activities after a High Court judge this morning upheld temporary injunctions awarded in favour of shale gas explorer INEOS in July. In his 47-page judgement (which can be downloaded at the bottom of this post) the Honourable Mr Justice Morgan rejected almost all the argument of the defendants – “persons unknown”, and two named defendants including Liverpool University student Joe Boyd – that any direct action-style activities should be dealt with by criminal law on a case-by-case basis; and that the temporary injunctions amounted to a breach of…

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