A skyscraper climber, dubbed the French Spiderman, has struck again – this time at one of London’s tallest buildings.
Alain Robert, whose feats have included climbing Dubai’s 2,717ft (828m) Burj Khalifa, is tackling the Heron Tower in the City of London and was arrested by police shortly afterwards.
The 56-year-old daredevil, who is known for scaling skyscrapers with his bare hands, said before his climb: “I fully feel alive when my life is at stake. It may sound a bit scary and crazy but this is the way it is.”
The illegal ascent of the 662ft (202m) tower – now known as the Salesforce Tower – is with no safety gear, without a rope and with bare hands.
Uniformed City of London Police officers arrived at 1.37pm, set up a taped cordon stopping traffic around the building and ushered the growing crowd to move back and keep out of the road.
A source close to the operation said that there were officers waiting for him at the top of the building and have escorted him away.
It is not believed that Mr Robert had prior permission to climb the building and he was arrested for causing a public nuisance.
Commander Karen Baxter from the City of London Police confirmed that a 56-year-old man had been arrested and was taken into police custody.
She said: “The incident this afternoon has had a considerable impact on police, other emergency services and the local community. Our officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service all attended this incident taking them away from genuine emergencies.
“Road closures meant a significant disturbance to local transport and businesses and their staff located in the building were also considerably affected.
“While the incident has caused immense disruption to everyday business in the City of London it also posed a significant level of risk to the safety of people in and around Heron Tower at the time.”