‘French Spiderman’ barred from climbing UK buildings

Culture & Commentary By: The Bullet Wire 10:45 am

LONDON (AP) — French urban climber Alain Robert has been banned from climbing any building in Britain after scaling one of London’s tallest skyscrapers without ropes — and without permission.

Robert climbed the 662-foot (202-meter) Heron Tower on Thursday as police cordoned off the building, closed roads and ushered spectators away.

He was arrested after the climb and appeared in a London court on Friday. Robert pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance and received a 20-week suspended sentence and a 5,500 pound ($7,000) fine. He was also barred from climbing all buildings in Britain “until further notice.”

The 56-year-old daredevil, known as “the French Spiderman,” has climbed many of the world’s tallest structures.

Before Thursday’s climb, he told reporters “I fully feel alive when my life is at stake.”

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