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Greenpeace protesters make point by scaling the Shard

By John Fahey and Emily Beament

Greenpeace activists have scaled Britain's tallest building in protest at Arctic drilling.

Six women, who evaded guards at the 72-storey Shard in central London early yesterday morning, said their climb was intended to put Shell and other oil companies firmly in the spotlight.

A Shard spokesman said that in the interests of public and protester safety, the building's emergency response team had advised that The View, the platform on floors 68, 69 and 72 which gives a view of London from 800ft up, should be closed.

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

"They chose to climb the Shard because it towers over Shell's three London offices, including the oil giant's global headquarters on the South Bank of the Thames.

"Shell is leading the oil companies' drive into the Arctic, investing billions in its Alaskan and Russian drilling programmes," a Greenpeace spokesperson said.

"A worldwide movement of millions has sprung up to stop them, but Shell is refusing to abandon its plans."

One climber, Victoria Henry, (32), a Canadian living in Hackney, London, said: "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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