Campaigners staged an anti-fracking protest outside Barclays Bank in Huddersfield.

Members of Huddersfield Friends of the Earth and Huddersfield Greenpeace joined forces to call on the company to stop funding the controversial energy process, which has just been given the go-ahead by North Yorkshire County Council for a site near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.

The activists, who included London Green MEP Jean Lambert, collected signatures on a petition at the protest on Saturday.

Anti fracking protest outside Barclays, Market Place, Huddersfield.

The bank’s private equity subsidary Barclays Natural Resource Investments owns 97% of Third Energy, the company behind the Yorkshire fracking project.

Chayley Collis, of Huddersfield Friends of the Earth said: “North Yorkshire County Council went against the will of the people by approving the Third Energy fracking application.

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“We’re asking Barclays to do the right thing and ditch their plans to frack in North Yorkshire. If they don’t, we want people to ditch Barclays.

Tim Padmore leads the singing by anti fracking protestors outside Barclays, Market Place, Huddersfield.

“We can’t afford to burn gas in order to stay safe on climate change. We need to get behind renewables and energy saving.”

Jeff Rice, from Huddersfield Greenpeace, added: “Fracking produces more dirty fossil fuels that will cause more climate change.

“Barclays’ fracking investment is risky for both people and the planet.”