Man seen scaling The Shard 'without any safety ropes'

The man was spotted scaling the Shard early this morning

A man has been spotted scaling the outside of the Shard in London.

Police say they were called at 5.15am after reports an individual was scaling the glass exterior of Britain's tallest building.

One person, who claims to know the man, told the Mirror: "He ran over London Bridge Station, got a boost from someone and did a pull up onto it," he said.

"He used a few suction cups at the start of it but was then climbing free solo."

Free solo means climbing without any equipment.

Footage shows the man gripping to one of the corners of the building close to the top.

He was talking to police and has not been arrested, they said.

Located close to London Bridge, the Shard is 310 metres (1017 ft) tall and is home to offices, restaurants, a retail arcade and a hotel.

This is not the first time The Shard has been targeted by thrillseekers.

In July 2017, a YouTube user called CassOnline posted footage of him scaling the building.

The blogger, who had waited on the viewing platform until it was closed at 9pm, was detained and interviewed but not arrested.

In 2013, six Greenpeace protesters were arrested after climbing the building before unfurling a 'Save the Arctic' flag at the top.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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