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London wide Greenpeace protest

Greenpeace supporters will hold protests at over 70 Shell petrol stations across the country in support of the 'Arctic 30' today.

It comes as Russian officials have signaled they will ask that the Greenpeace group be detained an extra 3 months - meaning they could be behind bars over Christmas.

Activists will be asking bystanders to sign a petition asking Shell to pull out of their joint oil drilling venture with Gazprom.

Protests will take place across Shell's petrol stations in London, including: Bayswater, Holloway Road, Old Street, Southwark, Whitechapel, Grosvenor Road, Lewisham, Richmond Road and Staines Road.

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London's Shell petrol stations closed by campaigners

Fifty Shell petrol stations have been closed off Credit: ITV News

Up to fifty of London's Shell petrol stations have been closed off by Environmental campaigners, angry at the company's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

So far, four people have been arrested in the capital.

The protesters planned to use an emergency shut-off switch to stop petrol going to the pumps, then removing a fuse to delay it being switched on again.