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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 14:47 GMT 15:47 UK
Man held after London Eye climb
London Eye
More than 18 million people have been on the Eye since it opened
A man has been arrested after he scaled the London Eye and caused the popular tourist attraction to be closed down.

Officers were called to the famous London landmark at 0600 BST and took seven hours to urge him to come down.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said it was not clear whether the man was a protester but said he was being held on suspicion of causing a public nuisance.

The 135-metre high observation wheel which draws up to 15,000 visitors on a summer's day, has now reopened.

18 million visitors

Police had earlier cordoned off the site on the South Bank to the public.

A spokeswoman for the Eye said it was not clear how much business had been lost during the hours that the ride was halted.

Advance ticket holders, who were unable to go on the attraction, can visit at another time or receive a refund, she said.

Since its launch, the wheel has attracted more than 18 million visitors.

It was recently voted the most iconic object of modern England in a survey commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


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