"When he stopped the second time to continue his yelling, the police attempted to calm him down. He claimed that there was some agreement between the police and himself that we would not be allowed on his fields."
Another eyewitness, present at the second incident, reports: "The tractor then appeared at the main gate of the power station, and rattled towards the childrens block, byepassing the police lines, on to the pavement and tried to head straight towards families sat round having their picnic. The police managed to stop the tractor by jumping into the cab. They then disarmed the farmer who was carrying a hockey stick. The police continued to punch the farmer and restrain him whilst pulling him out of the cab. Once on the ground, covered in blood, the police arrested him. This is the same famer who's given land to the police for their vehicles, so perhaps he may get off with a caution??"
With perhaps 400 people taking part in todays protests, the police have proved themselves totally incapable on all levels. With eight forces (plus the British Transport Police) mobilised to prevent disruption to the power stations around the camp, it is incrediable that not only have dozens managed to enter Drax, but also a homicidal farmer has twice been allowed to threaten the lives of people the police claim to be protecting.
24dash.com published PA Picture with strapline:
"Police drag protestor from his tractor during the power station protest"
The strapline's are correct, as opposed to the one referenced in the 24dash article:
"A local farmer is pulled from his tractor after appearing to attempt to force his way through a demonstration outside Drax power station in North Yorkshire."
"The driver of a large digger, which appeared to be attempting to get through a road blocked by police vehicles and demonstrators, outside Drax power station in North Yorkshire, is taken from his cab by police."
In total they have 18 pics of the protest, many of which have of course been used in the main media coverage of the day of action.
The offending article
The farmer is 'attended' to.
Same farmer! Bit of a loose canon this one.
Steel cuffs...looking quite tight too.