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Whaling protester scales embassy
Martin Wyness chained to the Japanese embassy
Police said Mr Wyness had been arrested on suspicion of trespass
A campaigner protesting against whaling by the Japanese has been arrested after chaining himself to the front of the country's embassy in London.

Martin Wyness, 50, of Hereford, climbed the building at about 0730 GMT and lowered the Japanese flag to half-mast about 40ft (12m) from the ground.

He then unfurled a banner saying "Japan stop your illegal whaling" before chaining himself to the building.

Police said Mr Wyness came down from the building at 1047 GMT.

He was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

His protest was believed to be timed to coincide with a meeting of the International Whaling Commission which began on Thursday.

The three-day summit, which is being held in Heathrow, will discuss the future of whaling in Japan, Norway and Iceland.

In January, Mr Wyness and his 14-year-old daughter Sophie were arrested after tying themselves to a staircase with cable ties inside the embassy, in Piccadilly.

The charges against them were later dropped.

Martin Wyness' protest was filmed

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