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Six female Greenpeace campaigners scale Shard London office block

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A group of female protesters have attempted to scale the Shard.

The six Greenpeace campaigners have climbed the major central London office block as part of a protest against Shell’s plans to drill in the Artic.

A spokesman from the charity said the huge office block was selected as it is located in the middle of Shell’s three headquarters and the fact the building, currently the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe, was modelled on a shard of ice.

Police said the group of protesters gained access to the building by climbing on to the roof of London Bridge station in the very early hours of the morning.

Due to its ladder like structure the team of Greenpeace protesters have been able to climb the building with the aid of ropes.

One climber, Victoria Henry, said: “We’ll try to hang a huge art installation 310m up that will make Shell think twice before sending their rigs into the Arctic.

A Shard spokesman said: “The Shard is being used by protesters as part of a campaign. Our primary focus is on the safety of the protesters and the workers and visitors to the building.

“We are working with the relevant authorities to try to ensure the safety of those concerned.”

In a statement, Shell said: “We respect the right of individuals and organisations to engage in a free and frank exchange of views about our operations.

“Recognising the right of individuals to express their point of view, we only ask that they do so with their safety and the safety of others, including Shell personnel and customers in mind.”

Recently it emerged the Shard still remained unoccupied more than a year after being opened, with 25 floors of London office space awaiting occupation, although it does have a number of tenants planning to move in at some point in the next year.

The popular View from the Shard viewing platform has been closed to visitors while the protests take place.

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