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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 May, 2003, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
'Spiderman' scales tower block
Alain Robert climbs Lloyds building
Alain Robert said the climb "was nice"

A French stunt climber, who calls himself "Spiderman", scaled the side of the Lloyds building in the City of London on Tuesday.

Alain Robert, who is known for climbing skyscrapers without safety equipment, set off just before 1000 BST.

It was reported he decided to climb the Lloyds building as a protest against the war in Iraq.

But when the Frenchman came back down police were waiting and arrested him.

Alain Robert with police
Mr Robert was arrested after the climb for causing a public nuisance

He has been charged with public nuisance offences and will appear in before City of London magistrates on 6 June.

In October 2002 he climbed three-quarters of the way up the Canary Wharf Tower before giving up because of cold and rain.

It was his second attempt at the building - he successfully scaled the 800-feet tower in 1995.

He has scaled more than 30 skyscrapers around the world without the use of ropes or equipment.

Mr Robert, who is in his 40s and married with three children, said his most recent climb "was nice".

He has also climbed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, New York's Empire State Building and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

BBC London's Jane Birch
"Apparently he decided to climb the building as a protest against the war in Iraq"

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