LONDON: Six female Greenpeace activists were arrested yesterday after climbing London’s Shard, the tallest building in western Europe, in protest over plans by oil producer Royal Dutch Shell to carry out drilling in the Arctic circle.
The women, who began scaling the Shard by climbing onto the roof of London Bridge station at its base, unfurled a green flag bearing the words “Save the Arctic” within view of all of Shell’s three London offices. It took the climbers 15 hours to reach their goal.
Police said they had arrested the group on suspicion of aggravated trespass. A police officer was seen waiting at the top of the Shard in a live video feed from a camera worn by one of the climbers during the 15-hour ascent.