Devon 3 held in Russia

There are reports Russian authorities will press additional charges against several Greenpeace activists who were arrested for a protest at the country's first offshore Arctic oil rig.

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Devon woman in court accused of piracy

A Greenpeace activist from North Devon is due to appear in court in Russia this morning charged with piracy following a protest at an oil rig.

Alexandra Harris is among 30 people being held. Two other people from Devon, Iain Rogers and Kieron Bryan, also remain in custody.

Alexandra Harris Credit: Greenpeace


Family members travel to Foreign Office

Family members of all the West Country Greenpeace captives being held in Russia have travelled to London to meet with Foreign Office officials

Three people - two men and one woman - from Devon are being held in the country, along with 27 others, following a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. Russian investigators have charged them with piracy.

Cliff Harris is the father of Alexandra Harris from Exeter, who's one of the people being held. He says she is being very brave.

Devon journalist denied bail in Russia

The parents of a man from Devon who was arrested after a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic have spoken about their fears and frustrations after he was denied bail.

Andy & Ann Bryan were talking about their son Kieron who is being detained by authorities in Russia. He had his appeal turned down this morning.

The appeal was based on the fact that Mr Bryan is a journalist, and not an activist.

Campaign to free Greenpeace protesters

The Foreign Secretary said today that embassy officials are doing all they can to help the British nationals being held in Russia following a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic. Three of them are from Devon.

The families of Kieron Bryan and Alex Harris have today told our reporter Richard Lawrence that they've been overwhelmed by public support.


Campaign to free Devon man in Russia

29 year old cameraman Kieron Bryan has been told he may be detained for two months pending a piracy investigation in Russia.

He's one of 30 people arrested after a Greenpeace vessel was boarded by the Russian coastguard.

Greenpeace has described the charge as "absurd and outrageous".

Mr Bryan's parents, Ann and Andy from Shebbear in North Devon are hoping to meet Deputy Labour Leader, Harriet Harman to campaign for his release.

Mr Bryan's brother, Russell says he's hoping the British government will help.

We are looking to the British government to do as much as it can to help Kieron and the others being held in Russia.

We want to get them free as soon as possible and we are sure the backing of the British government could help us achieve that.

Harriet Harman is my brother's local MP and she has shown a great interest in this case.

Between 50 and 100 of Kieron's friends have written to her office asking for help, and to be fair her staff have been really good.

– Russell Bryan

Parents fear as Greenpeace activist held in Russia

The parents of a woman from North Devon charged with piracy in Russia say they're shocked and worried about their daughter.

Alex Harris was among 30 people arrested after a protest at an oil platform in the Arctic. They were aboard a Greenpeace ship.

They're now being held in the Russian city of Murmansk. Two other people from Devon have also been charged. Linda and Cliff Harris say they're very concerned for their daughter.

Full report: Devon man charged by Russian authorities

A man from North Devon has been charged with piracy by the Russian authorities. Kieron Bryan was among a group of people taken in to custody after a Greenpeace protest at an Arctic oil rig.

His parents, and the parents of one of the other local people detained, have spoken to us about their shock at what's happening to their children.

Richard Lawrence has the story:

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