FOUR people have been charged after they were arrested at Kirby Misperton yesterday.

Four women, aged 39, 40, 54 and 66, were charged with wilfully obstructing the highway at Habton Road.

North Yorkshire Police said they have since been released, and will appear at York Magistrates Court in November.

The women were part of a protest designed to draw attention to the dangers of continued fossil fuel extraction leading to climate breakdown.

A total of 24 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 and obstructing a police officer.