Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

'Spiderman' arrested after stunt

French stuntman Alain Robert is led into a waiting police van after his arrest in Sydney

A French skyscraper climber nicknamed Spiderman was arrested today after scaling a 57-storey building in Sydney with his bare hands.

Alain Robert, known for climbing some of the world's tallest and best-known buildings without ropes or other equipment, was arrested at the top of the Lumiere building.

He climbed the building in about 20 minutes, as dozens of people watched from below.

"I'm sad he's been arrested, but hopefully he'll get out soon and we can have some champagne," said his agent, Max Markson.

He has not yet been charged.

Last year, Robert was fined 750 Australian dollars for climbing the 41-storey Royal Bank of Scotland building in Sydney.

Many of his past climbs resulted in arrests and fines.

The 48-year-old has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers around the world, including the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, according to his website.

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