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Fracking protest in UK

Anti-fracking protesters clashed with police officers during a demonstration in the north of England. Environmental campaigners blocked roads and climbed on trucks arriving at the Barton Moss gas exploration site in a bid to bring fracking plans to a halt. Prime Minister David Cameron had earlier promised local councils that they would get a financial boost from all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes.

Fracking protest in UK
An anti-fracking protester stands on the top of a truck carrying chemicals to the Barton Moss gas fracking facility on January 13, 2014 in Barton, England. Environmental protesters and anti gas fracking campaigners blocked roads and climbed on trucks arriving at the Barton Moss gas exploration site today. Earlier Prime Minister David Cameron promised local councils that they would get a financial boost from all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes. (Getty Images)
Fracking protest in UK
Police officers edges their way towards an anti-fracking protester standing on the top of a truck carrying chemicals to the Barton Moss gas fracking facility on January 13, 2014 in Barton, England. Environmental protesters and anti gas fracking campaigners blocked roads and climbed on trucks arriving at the Barton Moss gas exploration site today. Earlier Prime Minister David Cameron promised local councils that they would get a financial boost from all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes. (Getty Images)
Fracking protest in UK
An anti-fracking protester stands on the top of a truck carrying chemicals to the Barton Moss gas fracking facility on January 13, 2014 in Barton, England. Environmental protesters and anti gas fracking campaigners blocked roads and climbed on trucks arriving at the Barton Moss gas exploration site today. Earlier Prime Minister David Cameron promised local councils that they would get a financial boost from all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes. (Getty Images)
Fracking protest in UK
Police officers restrain an anti-fracking protester standing on the top of a truck carrying chemicals to the Barton Moss gas fracking facility on January 13, 2014 in Barton, England. Environmental protesters and anti gas fracking campaigners blocked roads and climbed on trucks arriving at the Barton Moss gas exploration site today. Earlier Prime Minister David Cameron promised local councils that they would get a financial boost from all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes. (Getty Images)
Fracking protest in UK
A policeman edges his way towards an anti-fracking protester standing on the top of a truck carrying chemicals to the Barton Moss gas fracking facility on January 13, 2014 in Barton, England. Environmental protesters and anti gas fracking campaigners blocked roads and climbed on trucks arriving at the Barton Moss gas exploration site today. Earlier Prime Minister David Cameron promised local councils that they would get a financial boost from all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes. (Getty Images)
Fracking protest in UK
Anti-fracking protesters try to stop trucks carrying chemicals to the Barton Moss gas fracking facility on January 13, 2014 in Barton, England. Environmental protesters and anti gas fracking campaigners blocked roads and climbed on trucks arriving at the Barton Moss gas exploration site today. Earlier Prime Minister David Cameron promised local councils that they would get a financial boost from all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes. (Getty Images)
Fracking protest in UK
Anti-fracking protesters try to stop trucks carrying chemicals to the Barton Moss gas fracking facility on January 13, 2014 in Barton, England. Environmental protesters and anti gas fracking campaigners blocked roads and climbed on trucks arriving at the Barton Moss gas exploration site today. Earlier Prime Minister David Cameron promised local councils that they would get a financial boost from all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes. (Getty Images)
Fracking protest in UK
Anti-fracking protesters try to stop trucks carrying chemicals to the Barton Moss gas fracking facility on January 13, 2014 in Barton, England. Environmental protesters and anti gas fracking campaigners blocked roads and climbed on trucks arriving at the Barton Moss gas exploration site today. Earlier Prime Minister David Cameron promised local councils that they would get a financial boost from all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes. (Getty Images)
Fracking protest in UK
Anti-fracking protesters try to stop trucks carrying chemicals to the Barton Moss gas fracking facility on January 13, 2014 in Barton, England. Environmental protesters and anti gas fracking campaigners blocked roads and climbed on trucks arriving at the Barton Moss gas exploration site today. Earlier Prime Minister David Cameron promised local councils that they would get a financial boost from all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes. (Getty Images)