The North Shropshire Community Protection Group (NSCPG) set up camp on Brooklands Farm on Wednesday 23rd July, alongside Dart Energy’s proposed drilling site.. The very first night they became aware that they were not alone.
There were some other weird visitors seen clearly by the campers on Wednesday and Thursday night. Dressed entirely in black, with blacked up faces, three men were moving through the woods cracking sticks as they went, moving silently otherwise. What were they doing? The protectors kept quiet and saw them as they appeared from the wood.
It was most unlikely these ‘inserts’ could have known the camp was there, and therefore unlikely that they were there to spook and harass the campers. The camp is hard to find even in daylight when you now it’s there, being well sited in a dip in front of a tall hedge, and not visible from the road.
It is clear from an email that Dart Energy were unaware of the camp until Thursday afternoon. The same intruders were there again on Thursday night in silence apart from the sound of them moving around. They have not been seen since.
The local Badger Watch, who I know well, carried out a survey of the badger setts in the woods at the weekend, and confirmed the presence of many healthy badgers but also that some of the setts had been tampered with.
UPDATE – the tampering took place earlier. So that is probably not what’s involved. Were they there as a wind-up?