WATCH: This farmer use a load of slurry to kick protesters off his farm...including actress Emma Thompson
Published 29/04/2016 | 12:41
An angry farmer attempted to spray Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson with manure on Wednesday after she broke a court injunction to stage a protest against fracking on his land.
Ms Thompson and her sister Sophie entered a field on the Lancashire farm, where energy company Cuadrilla is planning to frack for shale gas, and baked renewable energy-themed cakes in a Greenpeace-backed protest stunt.
An injunction has been in place banning protesters from the land near Preston since 2014.
The farmer, who was said to be "very upset" about being prevented from getting on with work in the field, proceeded to drive a muck-spreader around the protesters, narrowly missing the Thompson sisters and their cakes.
Emma Thompson said she was staging the so-called "Frack Free Bake Off" in order to "show the government that we will not allow fracking to scar our countryside and fuel yet more climate change".
"What better way to do that, here in Britain, than hold a Bake Off?," she asked.
Local cake shop owner Kate Styles, who took part in the stunt, dismissed the farmer's retaliation. "The stink was temporary - unlike the impact of fracking on this community if Cuadrilla get their way," she said.
Cuadrilla said it was reviewing whether to take action over the injunction breach.