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Man who free-climbed City building sentenced

Today (Friday 26 October 2018), a man was sentenced for causing a public nuisance after he free-climbed the Heron Tower at 110 Bishopsgate yesterday.
Alain Robert, 56, a French national, pleaded guilty at City of London Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 2 years. He was also ordered to pay £5,500 compensation and received a restraining order to not climb any building in the UK until further notice.

Commander Karen Baxter from the City of London Police said:
“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.

“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.

“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.”

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