Man arrested after sitting on crane near Shard for six hours

2 October 2019, 16:07 | Updated: 2 October 2019, 20:30

The man scaled the Shard in front of horrified onlookers
The man scaled the Shard in front of horrified onlookers. Picture: @tan_1989

By Asher McShane

A man has been arrested after he scaled a crane near the Shard - and stayed there for six hours.

Horrified onlookers watched from below as the man climbed a crane near London Bridge, prompting police to put the area on lockdown.

British Transport Police wrote that they were assisting Scotland Yard officers with an ‘incident’ and that they had closed the station.

But he climbed down at 6.45pm and was arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass. He remains in custody.

Witnesses said the man had climbed the crane as part of some sort of protest.

Scotland Yard said on Twitter: "Police were called at around 1pm to St Thomas Street, SE1.

"Officers attended and found that a male had climbed a crane at the location.

"The man came down at 6.45pm and has been detained by officers."

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