DEMONSTRATORS have once again protested against fracking at Kirby Misperton by 'slow walking' in front of lorries - in a protest that police described as "peaceful".

Around 12 anti-fracking protesters blocked vehicles entering and leaving the hydraulic fracturing site on Habton Road at 10am this morning and 1pm this afternoon, for around 20 minutes each time.

So far this week - on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - police said they have "facilitated" a total of six peaceful protests of 20 minutes each near the site, when protesters have stood in the road or walked slowly in front of vehicles.

There have been no arrests.

Police added that the "nature" of the protests had been such that officers who would have been stationed at the site have been redeployed to policing duties elsewhere in the county.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "We are continuing to take a neighbourhood policing approach to protests – we will talk to people, explain what is acceptable in terms of safety and reasonableness, and ask them to work with us to make this a safe and peaceful protest."