Fracking protestor denies threatening behaviour

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A busker who is banned from Beverley following his arrest over lyrics in a protest song, has been given permission by a court to return to the town - especially to play the folk festival.

Darren Nesbit, 43, who has been camping with protesters at the Crawberry Hill fracking site, near Walkington, was arrested on Saturday 24 May in the town centre while he was busking.

He was charged with “using threatening or abusive words or behaviour within sight of persons likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress,” and appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Nesbit, a singer and a poet, who gave his address as Pearson Street, Bury, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The case against him was adjourned for trial on July 17 at Bridlington Magistrates’ Court and he was granted bail on the same condition as before – that he must not enter Beverley.

However his solicitor Helen White told district judge Frederick Rutherford that Nesbit had been invited to play the Beverley Folk Festival.

Judge Rutherford relaxed the bail conditions between the dates of June 19 and 23 to allow Nesbit “time to set up and do what he needs to do” at the folk festival which takes place between June 20 and 22.

* Also on the same day at the same court, Fracking protester Dominic Mcloughlin, 27, pleaded guilty to possessing a pocket knife with a blade greater than three inches near the proposed fracking site at Marton, near Skirlaugh, where he was camping.

Mcloughlin, of no fixed abode, was given a two-year conditional discharge after Judge Rutherford accepted that he had the pocket knife for “legitimate reasons.”

The court heard that Mcloughlin, who has no previous convictions, lives in a tent for ten months of the year and the knife is a survival tool.

* A public meeting which will explore the dangers of fracking takes place at Toll Gavel Church, Beverley, on June 10, 7.30pm

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