ANTI-FRACKING protestors have built another tower in the road at Kirby Misperton and climbed on top of it.

On Sunday evening, a peaceful ‘candlelit vigil’ took place at the entrance of the site on Habton Road for members of the local community.

During the event, at about 7pm, a group of protestors dragged a tower into the road at the site entrance, police said.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police added: "A man and a woman then climbed on top of it, and locked themselves to each other. They remained there overnight."

It is the third time protestors have built a tower and climbed up it at Kirby Misperton. On both previous occasions, protestors have been removed and arrested by police, and the towers dismantled by the local authority.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Once again, emergency services resources will have to be deployed to deal with this tower in the road, so the actions of a minority of protestors will cause significant disruption. When the balance tips from peaceful protest to unreasonable acts then we have to take action.”

A specialist police team is on site assessing the situation. Habton Road remains open to through traffic at this time.