A court in the United Kingdom has issued jail sentences for three environmental activists who attended a protest last year against a fracking operation, also known as hydraulic fracturing, in Blackpool, in northwest England.
After a hearing on Wednesday, the crown court in Preston handed down jail sentences of up to 16 months to Simon Roscoe Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Richard Loizou, 31, for taking part in a four-day direct action protest in Preston New Road, located near a fracking site in Blackpool.
A court jury had convicted the three in August of causing a public nuisance. A fourth activist, Julian Brock, 47, was given a 12-month suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to the same offense.
Blevins, Roberts and Loizou dismissed the charges brought against them by the police, saying they were worried about the environmental impacts of the drilling operation in the area.
All the four convicts had climbed up lorries carrying…