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The Shard struck by lightning during sudden downpour

A huge bolt of lightning directly hit The Shard this afternoon during a sudden downpour in central London. The dramatic moment was caught by Michael Hoskinson who was working in an office nearby.

Lightning strike on The Shard this afterrnoon Credit: Michael Hoskinson/Twitter

VIDEO: Watch the moment The Shard was struck by lightning.

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Six Greenpeace Shard climbers released on bail

The six women outside Walworth police station in central London earlier today Credit: Greenpeace

The Met Police have confirmed the six Greenpeace protesters arrested yesterday on suspicion of aggravated trespass after climbing The Shard in central London have been bailed.

Greenpeace had earlier tweeted a photo of the six outside a London police station.

Shard protesters released from police custody

Six Greenpeace protesters who scaled Britain's tallest building have left police custody, the environmental group said.

The six women were arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of aggravated trespass after climbing the Shard in London as a protest over drilling in the Arctic.

Greenpeace UK tweeted a photo showing the protesters outside Walworth police station
Greenpeace UK tweeted a photo showing the protesters outside Walworth police station Credit: Twitter / Greenpeace UK

Greenpeace UK tweeted: "All six ice climbers out of police custody and on their way home."

It did not mention whether the protesters were charged.

Shard protesters remain in custody

Six Greenpeace protesters who scaled Britain's tallest building remain in police custody this morning after being arrested last night on suspicion of aggravated tresspass.

The six women climbers who scaled Europe's tallest building yesterday, to protest against drilling in the Arctic.
The six women climbers who scaled Britain's tallest building yesterday, to protest against drilling in the Arctic. Credit: Greenpeace UK

They were driven away by police in an unmarked white van to the sound of cheers from supporters gathered at the foot of the landmark.

Greenpeace UK hailed the climb as "a historic moment for activism and the Arctic". Credit: Greenpeace UK

Read: Six climate activists arrested after climbing 310m Shard

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Metropolitan Police arrest six Shard climbers

Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the six protesters who scaled The Shard have been arrested. A statement said:

Six female protestors that climbed the Shard today have been arrested.

They have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

Police were called at 04.20hrs to reports of a small group of protesters attempting to scale The Shard, in SE1.

It is believed the group first climbed on to the roof of London Bridge Station before accessing the outside of The Shard.

– Metropolitan Police statement
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