'This is England, not 1930s Germany!' Fury as tea lady, 79, who was providing refreshments to anti-fracking protesters is forcibly removed by TWELVE policemen who confiscate her table and urn
Jackie Brooks, 79, has been serving tea and cake to protesters and police
But police said she had to be moved in case nearby 10ft-high tower collapsed
This caused outrage among campaigners, who chanted 'shame' continuously
Great-grandmother is involved in long-running protest in North Yorkshire
By MARK DUELL FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 12:11 BST, 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:52 BST, 10 October 2017
A great-grandmother was forcibly moved from her tea table by police at a fracking site yesterday as a long-running protest by environmental groups intensified.
Former nurse Jackie Brooks, 79, has been serving tea and cake over the past month to protesters and police in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, with her husband Jim.
But North Yorkshire Police told the tea lady she had to be moved over fears that she might be injured if a nearby 10ft-high tower made of wooden pallets collapsed.
This caused outrage among campaigners, who chanted 'shame' continuously. One said: 'Move your men back commander, this is ridiculous. What are you trying to do?'
Another added: 'She is not at risk', while a third told police: 'This is England, not 1930s Germany. What the hell do you think you're doing? Shame on you.'
It came after a protester called 'Eddie' had been sitting on the tower for nearly a day, and the council arrived to assess its safety - before deciding it should be removed.
After people had been cleared, the 33-year-old man was removed and arrested on suspicion of causing a danger to road users and obstructing a police officer.
They speak about democracy and freedom and yet treating people like a disease. It's laughable.