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OFF BEAT: Fracking protest sticks fine on rock ‘n’ roll offspring

February 26, 2014 - 4:26pm


The daughter of former Kinks frontman Ray Davies and former Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde has been fined by a British court for her sticky activities to protest fracking.

Natalie Hynde, 32, reportedly said, recently, in a Brighton, England, court that she glued herself to fellow protester Simon Medhurst, 55, at a hydraulic fracturing test drilling site in Balcombe, England, last July to create a good photo opportunity.

She said during a hearing the use of superglue to protest did not go forward.

“I wanted to look peaceful with the hands around the gate, and super glue seemed fast,” Ms. Hynde reportedly said. “I knew it would last long enough to get a good photo, and knew there were press there.”

A judge was unimpressed, and said the pair “went beyond reasonable freedom of speech.”

Ms. Hyde was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of e400 ($665) and a e15 ($25) victim surcharge.

Mr. Medhurst was fined e200 ($333) and told to pay an equal amount in costs plus a victim surcharge of e20 ($33).

News reports did not say how long it took the protestors to unstick themselves from one another.