New police plan drops domestic extremist label for anti-fracking campaigners

Police have cut a section labelling anti-fracking campaigners as domestic terrorists from their annual plan.

Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie raised the issue at Holyrood, saying the campaigners are heroes and questioning the treatment of peaceful demonstrators. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

The 2017/18 plan sparked a row as fracking protesters were included under the heading “domestic extremists”.

Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie raised the issue at Holyrood, saying the campaigners are “heroes” and questioning the treatment of peaceful demonstrators.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said peaceful campaigners should not be considered extremists.

Now a senior Police Scotland official has written to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing to confirm the 2018/19 annual plan has no reference to fracking campaigners under the heading domestic extremists.

Detective Chief Superintendent Gerry Mclean wrote: “The Police Scotland Annual Police Plan for 2017/18 did contain the following commentary: ‘There continues to be protests around shale oil and gas extraction and unconventional oil and gas extraction, and unconventional oil and gas extraction, both commonly referred to as ‘fracking’.’