Fashion Designer Joins Anti-Fracking Protests
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has joined the growing anti-fracking protest camp in West Sussex.
Hundreds of extra demonstrators from all over the UK have arrived to camp outside the controversial test drilling site at the village of Balcombe.
She told Sky News that Prime Minister David Cameron's stance supporting fracking was outrageous: "It's just storing up for the future, near future even, with financial problems and ultimately, you know, we'll all fry.
"You know the ice caps are melting, the Earth is going to change dramatically and I don't know where he's (David Cameron) coming from - what is this race?"
Protesters have now set up two camps a mile apart and some have said they intend to take "direct action" against the drilling site.
Campaigner James Wilde told Sky News that the phrase meant: "Anything which is resistance, anything which is proactive and, you know, generally uses strategy."
He added: "We love our air, we love our water and we like things unadulterated by poisonous chemicals."
Energy company Cuadrilla has already suspended operations at the site over the weekend.
Chief executive Francis Egan explained that his firm is simply testing the ground: "Any hydraulic fracturing proposal would require a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment, public consultations and multi-agency regulatory reviews, all of which would be available for scrutiny."
The firm added: "We will continue working closely with the police and local authorities throughout the planned protest and we continue to support the right to protest peacefully."
Villagers are split over the idea of fracking but the majority are concerned about how the protest has evolved.
Linda and George Short live very close to the site and had initially helped the protesters by taking water for them.
Now, with so many new arrivals, they are cautious about what "direct action" may take place on their doorstep.
Linda said: "I think a lot of people are anti-fracking but they are also anti the protesters - they don't like the fact that there are so many outsiders.
"But these people are - yes you might call them professional protesters - but I wouldn't have the courage to lie down in front of a lorry, so in effect they are actually doing our dirty work for us."