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UPDATE OCTOBER 17th: TODAY OUR FRIENDS WERE GIVEN CONDITIONAL DISCHARGES, THE JUDGE REFERRING TO THEIR SENTENCES AS ‘MANIFESTLY EXCESSIVE’. ON BEHALF OF THESE MEN, WE THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS. THIS WEEK TOO, FRACKING BEGAN IN THE UK, AND RICH, RICH AND ROSCOE HAVE ASKED PEOPLE TO COME TO THE DEMO AT THE PRESTON NEW ROAD SITE THIS SATURDAY 20th OCTOBER: https://www.facebook.com/events/290251588248035/
Now we are working to Free the Three who have been sentenced to 15 and 16 months in prison for their part in an action to stop fracking at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire. We’re very pleased that Julian, one of the original Frack Free 4, is no longer in prison (he was on remand before sentencing – more info below).
On behalf of all their family and friends many thanks for your overwhelming kindness and support. Please help build on this and get them out.
Here are some key ways you can help:
Sign and share the petition calling for an inquiry into the vanishing space for protest.
Donate to the support fund which is raising money for legal costs of a possible appeal and travel costs for family and friends to visit. If you’d like to donate in a different way, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hold an event to spread the word about the Three and the current situation with fracking. For some suggestions, examples of events that have already happened, and up coming events around the country, look here. Please consider doing this, even if it’s just something small with a few friends.
Attend the vigil outside Preston Prison 12.30pm Saturday 6th October.
In July 2017 a convoy of lorries delivering drilling equipment to the Preston New Road fracking site was spontaneous brought to a halt by protestors. Four people took the opportunity to climb up on top of the cabs of the lorries and between them stayed in occupation for 99 and a half hours, supported by supplies from locals. You can hear more about why in the video below.
After a 7 day jury trial in August at Preston Crown Court they were found guilty of Public Nuisance. They were told to expect custodial sentences and were bailed to return.
On Thursday 26th September unprecedented sentences handed down.
- Roscoe Blevins, 26 and Richard Roberts, 36 received 16 months immediate custodial sentences.
- Richard Loizou, 31 received 15 months immediate custodial sentences.
They can expect to serve half of this time in jail, the rest on licence.
- Julian Brock, 47 had already served 3 months inside for non appearance at previous hearing. He received 12 months custodial sentence, which unlike the others was suspended due to his guilty plea – meaning he is thankfully now free. We are continuing to support Julian. He has his own fundraiser for debts incurred whilst he was in prison – please contribute if you can. The prison experience doesn’t end on release – and can have long-lasting impacts on people’s lives – so please also write to him with your support and thanks.
Caroline Lucas leader of the Green Party has written an article about their imprisonment and what it tells us about the state of the fracking industry in the Guardian.
Roscoe wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about his reasons for taking action.
The three prisoners are currently being held at Preston prison. Each of them had a brief phone call with their partners the evening of arrival and are doing OK, given the circumstances.
It was Rich Loizous 32nd birthday on Friday.
They will be receiving their first visits on Monday 1st October.
Preston is used as a remand prison, and we expect they will be moved from there relatively shortly, we’ll let you know when that happens.