The Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson and her sister Sophie broke a court injunction in order to protest fracking on a farmer’s land. Thompson trespassed on the farmer’s property and was given the shock of her life when the farmer approached her and sprayed her and her sister with foul-smelling manure.
According to a report published by the Daily Mail, Emma Thompson was working with her sister to film a parody of the popular show, “The Great British Bake Off,” for Greenpeace on the farmer’s land when the angry farmer came over with a truckload of manure to use as ammunition to stop the “woke” event from proceeding.
The farmer’s land was going to be used as a fracking site, which was why Thompson targeted it for her project. She and others snuck onto the farmer’s land and climbed over a gate in order to set up a spot for them to film their “Frack Free Bake Off” spoof. Thompson wanted her film project to “show the government that we will not allow fracking to scar our countryside and fuel yet more climate change.”
However, the farmer did not want the protestors on his land at all. When he noticed them on his property, he jumped into his tractor and hurried over to where they were gathered. He yelled at them to leave his property and began circling the protestors with his tractor. Then, he came up with a plan that has since gone viral across the internet – he began spraying the protestors led by Thompson with manure that otherwise would have gone to help fertilize plants on his land.
Video footage from the incident has spread far and wide across the internet. In the footage, the protestors can be heard screaming and begging the farmer to stop spraying them with manure. However, the man ignores their cries and continues to spray them with the stinky substance. However, after circling the group several times, he eventually stops and drives off, leaving Thompson and the others dripping with foul-smelling manure.
Locals were shocked by the incident.
Kate Styles, a local cake shop owner involved in the protest, told the Telegraph, “The stink was temporary – unlike the impact of fracking on this community if Cuadrilla gets their way.”
Meanwhile, Cuadrilla, the company responsible for fracking the farmer’s land, released a statement from their chief executive Francis Egan.
Egan said, “Celebrities from London trespassing on a Lancashire farmers’ land, preventing him from working whilst lecturing us on where the UK should get our natural gas is beyond ridiculous.”
The local police also shared a statement about the manure incident.
“We were this morning made aware of a protest on land at Plupton Hall Farm at Little Plumpton,” the police spokesman said. “A local neighborhood patrol attended and spoke to a representative of the protestors to establish their intentions. It was not felt necessary or proportionate to maintain a police presence at the site, but resources are available to attend again if necessary.”