UK MP cleared of anti-fracking protest charges.

Guardian: “Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP, has been found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during high-profile anti-fracking protests.”
“….Lucas, 53, the MP for Brighton Pavilion, was among a group of protesters who had linked arms outside energy company Cuadrilla’s exploratory oil drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, in August.
During the trial at Brighton magistrates court alongside four co-defendants, she said she “wanted to express solidarity” by protesting peacefully.
She was found not guilty of the two charges she faced – wilful obstruction of a public highway and breaching an order under section 14 of the Public Order Act.
In a statement read from the court steps, Lucas said: “We are very pleased that the court upheld our right to peacefully protest against fracking. Protest is the lifeblood of democracy.
We are deeply concerned that the right to protest is being eroded and undermined, with legitimate protest criminalised by oppressive policing in an attempt to silence dissent.
….District judge Tim Pattinson said the prosecution had failed to satisfy him that Lucas had “the requisite knowledge” about the Section 14 order being in place.”