Shard protesters released on bail

Six Greenpeace protesters who scaled western Europe's tallest building, The Shard in London, have been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass last night. They were demonstrating over drilling in the Arctic.

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Shard climber: 'Smiles and snacks at 100m'

Nottinghamshire woman Ali Garrigan, 27, is one of the activists climbing The Shard today, according to Greenpeace:

In a statement on the Greenpeace website, she said: "We're climbing this building because it's time to draw a line in the ice and say to the oil companies you come no further."


Shell 'respects the right to frank exchange of views'

Responding to the demonstration at The Shard in protest at Arctic drilling by oil firm Shell, a company spokesman said:

We respect the right of individuals and organisations to engage in a free and frank exchange of views about our operations.

Recognising the right of individuals to express their point of view, we only ask that they do so with their safety and the safety of others, including Shell personnel and customers, in mind.

– Shell

The company said oil and gas production from the Arctic was not new.

"The Arctic region currently produces about 10% of the world's oil and 25% of its gas," it said in a statement.


Greenpeace protesters plan to hang artwork from Shard

Greenpeace said the Shard protesters were "artists and activists", adding: "If the six women reach the top - 310m above the pavement (1,017ft) - they will attempt to hang a huge work of art that captures the beauty of the Arctic."

One climber, Victoria Henry, 32, a Canadian living in Hackney, London, said this morning:

We'll try to hang a huge art installation 310m up that will make Shell think twice before sending their rigs into the Arctic.

It's going to be really hard work, it's going to be nerve-shredding for all of us and we may not succeed, but we're going to do everything we can to pull it off.

Millions of people have called on Shell to get out of the Arctic but they're still trying to drill there anyway.

If we reach the top we'll be able to see all three of Shell's London offices below us, meaning they'll be able to see us.

Maybe then they'll stop ignoring the movement ranged against them.

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