David Cameron’s leafy Oxford home “gets fracked”

Prime Minister David Cameron’s Oxfordshire home in the leafy Cotswolds was “fracked” by Greenpeace protestors today. The stunt was timed to coincide with the Queen’s Speech this morning which confirmed […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Prime Minister David Cameron’s Oxfordshire home in the leafy Cotswolds was “fracked” by Greenpeace protestors today.

The stunt was timed to coincide with the Queen’s Speech this morning which confirmed plans to let firms frack for shale gas under homes without asking permission from each home.

Activists in high-vis jackets and hard hats sealed off the property’s front gate with fencing and a sign reading: “We apologise for any inconvenience we may cause while we frack under your home.”

Thames Valley Police said they were called to the scene at 7.30am and facilitated a “peaceful protest” before protestors left of their own free will three hours later. There were no arrests.

The Government’s shale gas proposals have proved controversial with various polls suggesting a majority of the public would prefer to be asked permission before fracking could take place beneath their homes.

Drillers have defended the process to extract shale gas, saying it takes place at least 300 metres to as far as a mile underground.