A French who specializes in scaling skyscrapers has been banned from climbing any in the UK. Alain Robert, 56, was handed a 20-week prison on Friday, suspended for two years, for scrambling up London's 201-metre Heron Tower. Mr Robert, dubbed "the French Spiderman," was also handed a $7,000 for disruption and for causing a "large scale" response. Hundreds of people stopped in the to watch him climb the building and a of emergency were called. Using his usual climbing , Mr Robert ascended the London tower using only his hands. He never uses ropes or other safety equipment.
The who presided over Mr Robert's case told the climber: "You are an accomplished climber, but there is always the danger that your could be imitated by those less , with potentially fatal consequences." Another judge described the as a "publicity stunt". He pointed out that it appeared Robert had been sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the of a company. Robert was prepared for his . When London Police apprehended him at the of the tower on Thursday, he immediately handed his passport and the telephone number of his .