French 'Spiderman' climbs London's 230-meter Heron Tower, gets arrested

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - French "spiderman" climber Alain Robert scaled one of London's tallest buildings without ropes on Thursday - only to get arrested at the top.

The 56-year-old took an hour to clamber up the 755 ft Heron Tower in the city's financial district.

Police kept crowds back as he worked his way up and used only chalk and muscle to get to the top.

"I'm not crazy," he told Sky News before the climb. "What I'm doing may seem crazy but I'm not that crazy."

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French free-climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', attempts to climb up the outside of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Britain, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
French free-climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', celebrates as he completes his attempt to climb up the outside of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Britain, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Members of the public watch French free-climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', as he attempts to climb up the outside of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Britain, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
French free-climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', celebrates as he nears completing his attempt to climb up the outside of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Britain, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
French free-climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', attempts to climb up the outside of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Britain, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
French free-climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', celebrates as he completes his attempt to climb up the outside of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Britain, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
French free-climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', attempts to climb up the outside of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Britain, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
French free-climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', attempts to climb up the outside of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Britain, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
French free-climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', attempts to climb up the outside of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Britain, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
French free-climber Alain Robert, known as 'Spiderman', attempts to climb up the outside of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Britain, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Police were waiting for Robert when he reached the top of Heron Tower. He was arrested for causing a public nuisance and is currently in 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 from the City of London Police said.

A hobby that started when he was 11 has taken 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 often climbs without permission and has been arrested several times, sometimes for trespassing.

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French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert's climbing feats
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French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert's climbing feats
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "The French Spiderman", scales the 38-story skyscraper Torre Agbar with the Sagrada Familia cathedral in the background in Barcelona, Spain November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "The French Spiderman", celebrates after climb the Melia Barcelona Sky Hotel in Barcelona, Spain June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "The French Spiderman", gestures during an interview after he climbs the Melia Barcelona Sky Hotel in Barcelona, Spain June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "The French Spiderman", climbs the Melia Barcelona Sky Hotel in Barcelona, Spain June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "The French Spiderman", scales the 38-story skyscraper Torre Agbar in Barcelona, Spain, November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the 162-metre (531 ft) Esentai Tower in Almaty, Kazakhstan, April 23, 2016. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", is seen through a window as he scales the 162-metre (531 ft) Esentai Tower in Almaty, Kazakhstan, April 23, 2016. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", is seen through a window as he scales the 162-metre (531 ft) Esentai Tower in Almaty, Kazakhstan, April 23, 2016. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", holds the flag of Nepal as he scales the Tour Montparnasse, a 210-metre (689 ft) building in central Paris, France April 28, 2015, to show support for the victims after the earthquake in Nepal. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the Tour Montparnasse, a 210-metre (689 ft) building in central Paris, France April 28, 2015, in tribute to the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the 152 metre Ariane Tower at La Defense financial and business district outside Paris March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT)
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", tapes his feet as he prepares to scale the Tour Montparnasse, a 210-metre (689 ft) building in central Paris, France April 28, 2015. Robert carried a flag of Nepal in a show of support for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", reacts after he scaled the Tour Montparnasse, a 210-metre (689 ft) building in central Paris, France April 28, 2015. Robert scaled the tower with a flag of Nepal in tribute to the earthquake victims. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the 152 metre Ariane Tower at La Defense financial and business district outside Paris March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the 152 metre Ariane Tower at La Defense financial and business district outside Paris March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT)
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the 185 metre GDF Suez Tower at La Defense business district outside Paris October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Alain Robert of France, who is known as "Spiderman", climbs up the Habana Libre hotel as a youth looks out a window in Havana February 4, 2013. Robert, who scales buildings all over the world without safety equipment, successfully climbed the hotel which is 126 metres (413 feet) high. REUTERS/Ramon Espinosa/Pool (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Alain Robert of France, who is known as "Spiderman", celebrates with the Cuban national flag on the roof of the Habana Libre hotel in Havana February 4, 2013. Robert, who scales buildings all over the world without safety equipment, successfully climbed the hotel which is 126 metres (413 feet) high. REUTERS/Ramon Espinosa/Pool (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY)
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", climbs on a stained glass window of the Abbey during a recce climb in St-Maurice October 3, 2012. Robert will attempt to climb the church on October 5, 2012 after a conference. Robert has already climbed without a rope buildings such as The Torch in Doha, Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, the Saphire tower in Turkey and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT)
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the Torch Doha, the tallest tower in Doha with a height of 300 metres, April 12, 2012. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad (QATAR - Tags: SOCIETY)
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the tallest building in Doha, the Torch Doha, with a height of 300 metres, in Doha April 12, 2012. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad (QATAR - Tags: SOCIETY)
French climber Alain Robert, a rock climber who has become famous for climbing known buildings worldwide, climbs the 215m (705 feet) high, 50 floors Bakrie Tower building in Jakarta March 25, 2012. Alain Robert has also climbed the Sears Tower in Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Eiffel Tower in Paris and Empire State Building in New York City, without any safety devices. REUTERS/Supri (INDONESIA - Tags: SPORT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the 152 metre Ariane Tower at the La Defense business district outside Paris October 8, 2009. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE CITYSCAPE SOCIETY)
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", pauses to talk to office workers as he descends the outside of the 41-storey Aurora Place office tower in central Sydney June 2, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne (AUSTRALIA SOCIETY)
French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert climbs the facade of the InterContinental Hotel Phoenicia in Beirut October 11, 2008. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)
An unidentified climber scales the New York Times building in New York June 5, 2008. The climber was the second to scale the building in a day, the first being French climber Alain Robert otherwise known as "Spiderman." REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES)
French climber Alain Robert, also known as 'Spiderman', climbs outside the 154 metre (505 feet) high 'Skyper' building in Frankfurt, to raise awareness about global warming, July 7, 2008. REUTERS/Alex Grimm (GERMANY)
French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert climbs up the Four Seasons Place service apartment adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong April 15, 2008, as a gesture to raise awareness for climbing global warming emissions. REUTERS/Victor Fraile (CHINA)
France's daredevil climber Alain Robert climbs a wall in the Tianmen mountain in Zhangjiajie, central China's Hunan province November 18, 2007. China has invited Alain Robert back to scale the mountain, despite banning him from the country for five years after he climbed a Shanghai skyscraper without permission. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA) CHINA OUT
French extreme climber Alain Robert climbs a 243-metre (797 feet) tall building in Moscow September 4, 2007. Robert, also known as the French Spiderman, has scaled some of the world's tallest structures including the Eiffel Tower and London's Canary Wharf building, often without permission. REUTERS/Stringer (RUSSIA)
French daredevil climber Alain Robert, known as "Spiderman", climbs up the April 25 bridge over the Tagus river in Lisbon August 6, 2007. Robert, 44, completed the 190 metre climb during rush hour on Monday before giving himself up. REUTERS/Marcos Borga (PORTUGAL)
French daredevil climber Alain Robert, known as "Spiderman", climbs up the April 25 bridge over the Tagus river in Lisbon August 6, 2007. Robert, 44, completed the 190 metre climb during rush hour on Monday before giving himself up. REUTERS/Marcos Borga (PORTUGAL)
France's daredevil climber Alain Robert waves as he climbs down the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai May 31, 2007. Clad in a Spider-Man costume, French climber Alain Robert on Thursday scaled the 88-storey Jin Mao Tower, China's tallest building, and was met by cheering crowds and Shanghai law enforcement officers on the ground. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA)
French climber Alain Robert, a rock climber who has become famous for climbing known buildings worldwide, climbs the120 metres high, Indosat Building in Jakarta July 25, 2005. Alain Robert has also climbed the Sears Tower in Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Eiffel Tower in Paris and Empire State Building in New York City, without any safety devices. BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE REUTERS/Beawiharta BEA/LA
French climber Alain Robert climbs on one of Paris' monuments the Obelisk on the place de la Concorde April 16. Robert, known as 'Spiderman" reached the top of the monument using no equiptment and climbing freestyle but without permission from French authorities. The Frenchman has scaled high buildings and structures from around the World, including the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. REUTERS
FRENCHMAN ALAIN "SPIDERMAN" ROBERT CLIMBS PAST POLICE OFFICERS WHILE ABORTING HIS ATTEMPT TO SCALE BY FREEHAND ONE OF SINGAPORE'S TALLEST BUILDINGS. Alain "Spiderman" Robert, a Frenchman who defies authorities around the world by scaling the world's tallest buildings without permission, climbs past police officers on the 22nd floor of Singapore's Oversea-Union Bank headquarters after he accepted a rope from rescue workers and aborted his attempt to ascend the 60-story-high structure November 3, 2000. Robert, who has conquered by freehand the world's tallest building - Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers - along with a host of famous skycrapers ranging from Chicago's Sears Tower to Paris' Eiffel Tower and New York's Empire State Building, was later detained by Singapore police, who said they were treating his stunt as a case of criminal trespass.
Alain Robert, a French urban climber aka Spiderman, takes a selfie as he stands on top of a building of La Defense business area, on August 31, 2016 in Courbevoie, near Paris. / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman," climbs outside The New York Times building to raise awareness of global warming June 5, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
NEW YORK - JUNE 5: Alain Robert, the French 'Spiderman', climbs the 52-story New York Times building June 5, 2008 in New York City. Robert, who was arrested when he reached the top, as was the man who copied him hours later, unfurled a banner as he climbed that read 'Global warming kills more people than a 9/11 every week.' (Photo by Emmanuel Aguirre/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 05: Dare Devil climber Alain Robert scales New York Times Office Building at 8th ave and 41street (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Peter Nicholls; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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