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The French spiderman climbs the 230 meter high Heron Tower without ropes



LONDON (Reuters) – French spiderman climber Alain Robert climbed one of London's tallest buildings on Thursday without ropes.

The French free-climber Alain Robert, known as "Spiderman", is trying to climb outside the Heron Tower in London's banking district on 25 October 201

8. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls

The one-year-old took an hour to climb the 230-meter-high Heron Tower in the city's financial district.

The police held back the crowd as he worked his way up using only chalk and muscle to get to the top.

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"I'm not crazy," he told Sky News before the rise. "What I do may sound crazy, but I'm not that crazy."

A hobby that began at the age of eleven has led Robert to more than 150 skyscrapers around the world, including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House.

He often climbs without permission and has been arrested several times, sometimes for trespassing.

The police were waiting for Robert when he reached the top of the Heron Tower. A spokeswoman for the London police refused to comment on whether he had been charged with a criminal offense.

Reporting by Peter Nicholls; Letter from Guy Faulconbridge; Edited by Andrew Heavens

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