PROTESTERS from Stroud drove north to show solidarity with a group in Lancashire at an anti-fracking demonstration on Wednesday.

A contingent of grandparents and parents from Stroud and Cheltenham drove four hours north to support the Preston New Road anti-fracking camp.

The fracking site is located between Blackpool and Preston in Lancashire and has been controversial because the Government overruled Lancashire County Council to allow contractors 'Cuadrilla', at the site in Preston New Road, Lancashire.

Grandmother of two Trish Dickinson, from Stroud, shared her gluten-free cup cakes with two officers on duty at the fracking site.

She said: “I felt moved to come because of the impact of this harmful industry on future generations.

“I’m here to represent them, which includes you, the police and your families, workers on site and their families who must have concerns.”

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, wrote to Policing Minister Nick Hurd earlier this year calling on the Government to cover the costs of policing the protests.

The series of protests are reportedly costing Lancashire police £450,000 a month.

Unlike the three day protest at Javelin Park last week, the Gloucestershire women only stayed for the day, but Alison Crane of Cheltenham, originally from Lancashire, said: “I am so glad I came today, I am inspired by the heart in evidence here and the steadfastness of this community.

“Thank you Lancashire for standing up for all of us who care about the land and the future of our grandchildren and the generations to follow.”