‘French Spiderman’ Imposed With £5,500 Fine After Climbing London’s Heron Tower

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    The man who was dubbed as the “French Spiderman” has been imposed with a fine amounting to £5,500 as a compensation. He was also given a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, after he was seen climbing the Heron Tower in central London yesterday.

    Alain Robert is 56 years old. On Thursday afternoon, he was arrested for a ‘public nuisance offence’ after pulling off the stunt in which he climbed the 754-foot building.

    The Frenchman is notorious across the globe for his free-climbing. He has previously scaled the Burj Khalifa, Empire State Building, as well as the Lloyds Building in London twice.

    This afternoon, Robert pleaded guilty at the City of London Magistrate’s Court.

    He has also been given a restraining order that prevents him from climbing any building in the United Kingdom until further notice.

    The climb caused a scene during lunchtime on Thursday. It forced the police to close several roads. It is believed to have been a promotional stunt for Dead Man’s Fingers, a rum company.

    Karen Baxter, a commander from the City of London Police stated: “While some people may not regard yesterday’s stunt as the most serious of offences, it wasted a considerable amount of police time as well as that of the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service, leaving them unable to respond to genuine emergencies.”

    She added: “The residents and workers of the City faced major disruption to their daily routine and road closures, which needed to be put in place to protect the general public’s safety, caused a significant disturbance to local transport routes.”

    She continued: “Today’s result at court should act as a deterrent for anyone thinking of participating in a similar illegal act. You will be subject to a criminal investigation the result of which may well result in you having a permanent criminal record.”