A PROTESTER has been injured at the anti-fracking demonstration at Kirby Misperton.

The injury happened earlier this afternoon.

A police spokesperson confirmed: "A woman complained of shoulder and neck pain while being moved by police, and received treatment by officers at the scene, before being taken to Scarborough Hospital by ambulance."

The length of time the ambulance took to arrive received some criticism among demonstrators.

Mark Inman, sector commander for North Yorkshire at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: "We are sorry for any distress caused by our response to this incident.

"The call was received during a particularly busy period and we were doing our best to respond as quickly as possible to all patients who needed our assistance.

"We would welcome the opportunity to speak the patient directly about their concerns and encourage them to contact our patient relations department on 0345 122 0535."

The woman is not the first protestor to be taken to hospital following protests in the last few days.

The incident comes amid another day of protest at the site and five more arrests.

A 44-year-old woman was arrested at about 11.30am, a 35-year-old woman was arrested at about 12pm and a 33-year-old man was arrested at about 12pm - all "on suspicion of obstructing a highway."

In addition, a 26-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman were both arrested at about 12pm, both on suspicion of obstructing a police constable.