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Environmentalists invaded petrol stations today to protest against oil giant Shell’s plans to drill for black gold in the Artic.

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A total of around 50 Shell stations were closed by the action.

Opponents of Artic speculation today brought business grinding to a halt by yanking a handle at each station, cutting off the flow of fuel to the pumps.

Then protesters took out fuses to post them to Shell’s headquarters.

In Battersea, polar bear even appeared on the garage forecourt roof.

Police made four arrests of protesters in the capital city, including one person dressed in a polar bear costume.

Greenpeace organised the co-ordinated protests – which also took place in Scotland.

A live stream broadcast by the group supplied information to viewers on the website.

In a statement, the green group said it was taking action after more than 500,000 letters to Shell about Artic drilling were ignored.

A spokesman for Shell said: “Shell recognises that certain organisations are opposed to our exploration programme Offshore Alaska, and 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 the general public and Shell personnel, in mind.

“Shell has met with numerous organisations and individuals who oppose drilling offshore Alaska. We respect their views and value the dialogue. We have extended this same offer for productive dialogue to Greenpeace.”

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