‘French Spider-Man’ Alain Robert arrested after free climbing 230m Heron Tower in London
Alain Robert raises his arms in celebration after scaling the Heron Tower in London. (Reuters: Peter Nicholls)
A climber nicknamed the “French Spider-Man” has scaled one of London’s tallest buildings without ropes — only to get arrested at the top.
Alain Robert took an hour to climb up the 230-metre Heron Tower in the city’s financial district.
Police kept crowds back as he worked his way up, using only chalk to help his grip.
Before Thursday’s climb, he told reporters: “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.”
Police were waiting for the 56-year-old when he reached the top of the tower.
He was then arrested for causing a public nuisance and was put into custody, police said.
“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,” Commander Karen Baxter said.
A hobby that started when he was 11 has taken Mr Robert to more than 150 skyscrapers around the world, including Dubai’s Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building — the Eiffel Tower, and the Sydney Opera House.
He almost always climbs without ropes or harnesses and without permission, and has been arrested several times.
Mr Robert was fined $750 in 2009 for scaling 41 storeys of Sydney’s Aurora Place tower, and was arrested in 2010 for climbing Sydney’s 57-storey Lumiere skyscraper.