A stuntman who climbs skyscrapers for fun was banned from climbing any building in the UK. Alain Robert, 56, got a suspended prison sentence and a $7,000 fine for climbing up a 201-metre-tall tower in London. This was for causing a "large scale" emergency response. Robert is called "the French Spiderman". Robert climbed the London tower using only his bare hands. He never uses ropes or other safety equipment.
A judge told Robert: "You are...an accomplished climber, but there is always the danger that your actions could be imitated by those less proficient, with [deadly results]." Another judge said the climb was a publicity stunt. He said Robert was sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt with a company logo on it. When police arrested Robert, he immediately gave officers his passport and his lawyer's telephone number.