The Shard Free-climber spotted scaling London landmark, Free climber scales 310-metre Shard skyscraper in London. A daredevil free climber has scaled the 1,017ft Shard this morning, one of the tallest buildings in Europe. Anyone can take the lift to the top of the Shard tower to get great views over London, but one man decided to add some extra excitement to his visit.
The unidentified daredevil climbed to the 95th and final floor of the Shard unchallenged. Police responded at 5.15am and managed to get him inside where he was subsequently released from custody.
"The person was safely apprehended and detained by police. Some areas around the base of The Shard that were closed to the public as a safety precaution have now been partially re-opened.
The Metropolitan police said: “Police were called at 5.15am on Monday 8 July following reports of a free climber on the Shard. Emergency services attended and the man went inside the building where he was spoken to by officers. He was not arrested.”
The skyscraper, designed to look like a shard of glass, has 72 residential floors with a viewing deck. It is also home to offices, restaurants, a shopping centre and a luxury hotel with views across London.
The Shard may be the tallest building in London but it's made to look small by the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 2,717 feet.
In 2013, a group of Greenpeace activists also scaled the building to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. Previous climbers who have set their sights on the 310-metre (1,017ft) building include YouTuber CassOnline, who climbed from the public viewing platform to the apex in 2017.
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