Emma Thompson and Sophie 'break court injunction' by filming competition on potential fracking site

The sisters peacefully occupied the land despite protesters being banned from the site 

Heather Saul
Wednesday 27 April 2016 19:54
Emma Thompson (right) and her sister Sophie at a potential fracking site near Preston, where they have broken a court injunction to film a pastiche episode of the Great British Bake Off
Emma Thompson (right) and her sister Sophie at a potential fracking site near Preston, where they have broken a court injunction to film a pastiche episode of the Great British Bake Off

Emma Thompson and her sister Sophie appear to have broken a court injunction while filming a satirical baking competition on a potential fracking site.

The actresses filmed A Frack Free Bake Off in protest against fracking plans inside a white marquee decorated with bunting on a site leased by energy firm Cuadrilla.

Protesters are banned from the proposed fracking site, near Preston, after the company applied for an injunction in 2014. The sisters peacefully occupied the land earlier today after the Greenpeace volunteers turned it into a film studio with a bespoke kitchen powered by wood and solar panel.

”My sister has won celebrity Masterchef and is viciously competitive," said Emma. "She might have planned to do away with me while we are doing this.

“I have a feeling she's been up all night practising and I haven't been because I'm lazy.”

Thompson said her chances of winning were slim because she isn’t a very skilled baker. However, she added: "We are all winning because we are protesting these fracking plans."

She continued: ”I've been aware of this issue for a while with my work with Greenpeace and it came to a head for me when David Cameron went to the Paris Climate Conference and signed on to the protocol and then on the sly at Christmas, when nobody was looking, gave the nod to 200 fracking sites in Britain.

“It proved to me our Government is saying one thing and doing the opposite.”

The competition will be judged by local cake shop owner Kate Styles, and members of the community are invited to taste the cakes at a tea party after filming. Unlike more official competitions, people can also try to sway judges by nominating who they think should win on Twitter.

Cuadrilla's application to drill on the site was rejected by Lancashire County Council last year amid strong public opposition and was appealed by the company.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark has announced he will have the final say on the application, with his decision expected in coming months.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said:“We were this morning made aware of a protest on land at Plumpton Hall Farm at Little Plumpton.

“A local neighbourhood patrol attended and spoke to a representative of the protestors to establish their intentions.

“It was not felt necessary or proportionate to maintain a police presence at the site but resources are available to attend again if necessary.”

The Independent has contacted representatives for Emma and Sophie for comment.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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