A climber known as the “French Spiderman” has been arrested after scaling one of London’s tallest buildings.

Alain Robert ascended the 202-metre (662ft) Salesforce Tower – formerly the Heron Tower – in the City of London without a rope or other safety equipment.

Police arrived at 1.37pm, set up a cordon around the building and ushered the growing crowd to move back and keep out of the road.

A videograb taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @RazlilNicky. Photograph: @RazlilNicky/Twitter/PA


Robert reached the top at 2.14pm and raised his arms to cheers from below. City of London police said they arrested a 56-year-old man on suspicion of causing public nuisance.

Commander Karen Baxter condemned the stunt. “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,” she said.

“Road closures meant a significant disturbance to local transport and businesses and their staff located in the building were also considerably affected.”

Robert approaching the top of the tower. Photograph: Ana Cross/Rex/Shutterstock

Robert had earlier spoken to the media about his climb. He said: “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.”

It is understood he chose which building he would tackle from a shortlist of three on Monday.

– TheGuardian.com

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