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Man charged after spending night on roof of Houses of Parliament

A man who sparked an alert after getting onto the roof at the Palace of Westminster has been charged with criminal damage and trespassing.

Emergency services including police negotiators, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service were called when 23-year-old Braydon Liam Anderson was seen on the top of the building just after 9pm.

He was detained around eight hours later and taken to a police station.

Anderson, of Portland Place in Northampton, will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

The roof has been the scene of stunts by campaign groups in the past, including by protesters demonstrating against plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport in 2008, and Greenpeace a year later.

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