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Greenpeace protest climber reaches top of The Shard

Greenpeace reports that its six protest climbers have reached the top of The Shard in London, although live TV footage shows only one of them at the pinnacle.

Report: Shard climber to 'free climb' last 18 metres

The six women who are scaling The Shard building in London are just 18 metres from the top, according to Greenpeace press officer Ben Stewart.

One climber has been nominated to "free climb" the final ascent, meaning she will use no aids such as ropes.

Shard climber 'not ready to give up' after 16 hours

One of the Shard climbers, Liesbeth Deddens, has tweeted that she is not ready to give up on reaching the top after 16 hours of climbing:

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Shard climber in 'great spirits' despite fatigue

Ali Garrigan, currently one of six Greenpeace activists climbing exterior of The Shard, is still in "great spirits", Greenpeace said today after speaking to her.


Who are the Shard protest climbers?

Greenpeace has tweeted brief biographies of five of the six women who are climbing The Shard as a protest against fossil fuel companies drilling in the Arctic.

Five of the six protest climbers Credit: Greenpeace UK

Sabine (top left) was "inspired to train as a climber after helping other activists get ready in Belgium".

Sandra (top centre) is from Sweden and has "just finished an MA in environmental science". She is also the lead climber.

Wiola (top right) from Poland "wants to change the way companies exploit vulnerable regions like the Arctic".

Liesbeth (bottom left) is from the Netherlands and "began climbing in high school". She now climbs ice, rock, alpine as well as The Shard.

Ali (botton right) is the only British protester. She has been climbing since she was 18 and hopes the protest can "bring attention to the dangers facing the Arctic".

The sixth climber is Canadian Victoria and is taking part because she "wanted to shout about something from the rooftops".

Greenpeace Shard climbers pictured during 'training'

Environmental charity Greenpeace has tweeted this photo of the Shard climbers taking part in a training exercise yesterday. They appear to be using a ladder to climb through a hatch in the roof of a lorry.

Greenpeace protest climbers in training Credit: Twitter/@GreenpeaceUK

The training appears to have been aimed at the first stage of the climb when the protesters emerge from a lorry via a ladder to start the ascent.

The protesters emerging from the roof of a lorry at the base of The Shard this morning Credit: David Sandison/Greenpeace/PA Wire
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Clegg: Shard climbers should 'protest in different way'

The Deputy Prime Minister has said he disagrees with activists climbing The Shard today, deeming it to be "dangerous".

Nick Clegg disagrees with protest. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Asked about the Shard protest during his call-in show on LBC 97.3 radio Nick Clegg said:

"Of course what they are doing looks extraordinary on the telly, (but) I don't actually support them doing something like that, which is going to tie up a lot of police time and is obviously quite dangerous.

"I really do think that they could get their point across to the companies which they are seeking to address in a different way."

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