DOZENS of people attended a community meeting in Kirby Misperton last night to discuss policing issues connected to fracking in the area.

 The event took place in Kirby MispertonVillage Hall and was an opportunity for residents to hear directly from North Yorkshire Police about the likely impact on the local community.

 Superintendent Dave Hannan, who attended the meeting, said: “I’d like to thank people who came along. 

"It was valuable to listen to their concerns and feedback, and I hope they were reassured about our policing plans. 

"It is a challenge to balance the rights, needs and wishes of all parties involved, but we will work to support local people who may experience disruption.

 “Officers and PCSOs from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to engage with Kirby Misperton residents and businesses, and I would urge people to speak to them if they have any issues or queries.”

The meeting comes amid heightened protest activity as the Third Energy test-frack approaches.

A letter from Third Energy, dated September 4, was placed on the Kirby Misperton village noticeboard. The letter, part of the company’s planning requirement to inform locals of equipment mobilisation, states that “the initial phase of the operation is due to start any time after September 13”.

Police have also launched social media accounts to keep local people informed. Follow @NYPKirbyMisp on Twitter, and NYP Kirby Misperton on Facebook, for updates.