Charges against Woodburn protestors withdrawn

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Charges against four protesters arrested at a controversial exploration well outside Carrickfergus have been dropped.

These included trespass and obstruction of police in relation to the protest at Woodburn Forest.

A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service confirmed that the charges had been withdrawn.

A fifth individual who was charged with obstructing police, resisting police, and two counts of assault is due to appear at Laganside Magistrates’ Court on October 6, the spokesperson added.

Oil company InfraStrata left the Woodburn site in June after the test drill failed to find any traces of hydrocarbons.

Meanwhile, Mid and East Antrim Council is facing a legal challenge around some of the permissions granted to InfraStrata.

A spokesperson for the council said: “The hearing was listed for 22 and 23 September, but this did not suit the judge and has therefore been postponed.

“No alternative date has been set.”