Fracking jail sentences ‘absurdly harsh’, say academics

More than 200 academics have signed a letter calling for a judicial review of the prison sentences handed to three fracking protesters on Wednesday, according to a report in the Independent.

The open letter, started by staff at the University of Sussex, says that the jail terms of between 15 and 16 months for halting a convoy of lorries carrying shale drilling equipment “set a dangerous precedent”.

The letter states that the trio are the first environmental protestors to receive a jail sentence in the UK since 1932. It said the prison sentences were “absurdly harsh”.

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