Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Hynde daughter on frack demo charge

Natalie Hynde, the daughter of musicians Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies, was arrested during anti-fracking protests in Balcombe, West Sussex
Natalie Hynde, the daughter of musicians Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies, was arrested during anti-fracking protests in Balcombe, West Sussex

The daughter of musicians Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies will stand trial today after being arrested during anti-fracking protests.

Environmental activist Natalie Hynde, 30, was charged with trespassing on railway property at Balcombe in West Sussex on August 18.

She was arrested as energy company Cuadrilla conducted exploratory drilling on the outskirts of the village at the height of anti-fracking protests.

Opponents of fracking - which involves high-pressure liquid being pumped deep underground to split shale rock and release gas supplies - feared Balcombe would become a site for the extraction method.

Although no fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, took place at the site, Balcombe was thrust into the national spotlight over the issue.

The anti-fracking movement led to dozens of protesters setting up camp outside the drill site and a policing bill of around £4 million, forcing Sussex Police to apply for Home Office help.

The trial of Hynde, of St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, is expected to last the afternoon at Brighton Magistrates' Court.

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