A WOMAN  has been arrested after a protestor closed the road next to a North Yorkshire fracking site for five hours by climbing onto a lorry.

North Yorkshire Police said Habton Road was closed at just before midday after the protestor climbed on top of a heavy goods vehicle in the road.

He said: "This irresponsible action is extremely dangerous. As a direct result, Habton Road is now closed, and diversions are in place, causing significant disruption to local people for several hours."

Shortly after 5pm, police announced that the woman had come down from the lorry and had been arrested.  

"Habton Road is now clear," the police tweeted. 

A total of 25 people have been arrested at the site so far this month. Two were released with no further action, two accepted cautions, and the other 20 have been charged to court, for offences including obstructing the highway, assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer.