Letter: Event was well policed

Anti-fracking campaigners outside North Yorkshire County Hall in Northerallerton in May this year.
Anti-fracking campaigners outside North Yorkshire County Hall in Northerallerton in May this year.

I refer to the letter from John Warden headed ‘Disrupters' and 'Anti-frack scares... and real facts’ (Free Press, 22 September).

He focuses on the temporary road closure. His outlining of the so-called facts seems to do a disservice to the police who managed the event so smoothly. Would the police sanction a hasty road closure, as he implies, if the rigorous paperwork (with significant expenses for those who must ask for such closures) had not been submitted within the required time?

Where is the evidence for his claims that vast sums of money were lost to the town? Is your correspondent party to the financial dealings of all those Driffield traders he mentions? Surely he makes a preposterous claim in saying that shops ‘the length and breadth of Middle Street lost thousands of pounds of business’. I say this to your correspondent: Aside from the march, the facts about fracking and evidence which supports the concerns of the marchers, are available, Mr Warden.

Finding out will not be easy or comforting but, like everyone, you do need to know.

Wendy Cross

Waterside Road, Beverley