Frackings First Political Prisoner

Kate McCann - Frackings First Political Prisoner

Kate McCann – Frackings First Political Prisoner



“Unbelievable! Anyone would think he’d committed murder to be treated like this!”

Barton Moss protector, Kate McCannn, was remanded in custody for six months by a judge at Manchester Crown Court yesterday until his trial begins on October 9th.

Kate McCann was one of the most prominent and passionate protectors active at the Barton Moss Community Camp in Salford, participating in lock-ons, slow lorry walks and educating people to the dangers of fracking.

Originally charged, like many others, with `aggravated trespass’ on Barton Moss Road which led to the IGas exploratory drilling site, Kate, like many others, was also bailed not to go back to the site by Greater Manchester Police. Most people who had these conditions attached to their arrest charges broke the bail conditions the next morning, in order to get their cases taken to court and get the conditions lifted.

The Salford Star understands that Kate went back to the site on the final week of the Camp to help clear up and was also arrested for breeching bail conditions – but was remanded in custody, firstly for two and a half weeks, and, yesterday, for over five months, making a total of over six months until his trial on October 9th.

The judge’s decision provoked outrage and shock, as the original offence apparently wouldn’t have carried anything like a six month custodial sentence, even if proved guilty.

Justice For Kate facebook site has been set up (see here), while supporters have taken to numerous social networking sites to voice their anger…

“Unbelievable! Anyone would think he’d committed murder to be treated like this!”

“Clifford convicted guilty by jury on multiple child grooming offences gets bailed pending sentencing. We have an innocent protector inside for trumped up charges…..With no perceived risk of breaching bail again as there is no fucking activities at the location…feel so angry…”

“Cruel, wicked, wrong…”

The Barton Moss Camp stated “An incredible travesty of justice! This is a political prisoner, incarcerated for protecting your land and your water. Please share this, please carry on making your voices heard. Let them know they cannot get away with this. Let them know we are outraged and disgusted by this deeply unjustified treatment of our peaceful protector. FREE KATE NOW! JUSTICE FOR THE PROTECTORS!”

Simon Pook, of Robert Lizar Solicitors which are handling the case, added: “I’m concerned that this does seem extremely harsh and I’m fully committed to looking at the law and how we can bring about a positive resolution for him.”

Bez is due to visit Kate in prison, while supporters are urging people to write their letters of support to Kate…

K McCann
Wing A311
HM Prison
Winson Green Rd
West Midlands
B18 4AS

* Please be aware that all letters are read by prison officers before being passed to Kate.

People can also donate towards the Free Kate fund via the facebook site Justice for Kate – Barton Moss Fracktivist

UPDATE 11pm – the Habeus Corpus application to free Kate tomorrow has been postponed due to developments in the case.


A word from me …

Kate you are an inspiration … a beautiful human being … you have been so wronged but the least we can do from this traversty is to raise even more awareness to the corruption, lies and horrendous greed that is Fracking … Always With Love … Denise ❤ xxx