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'Spiderman' nabbed climbing Malaysian twin towers

A French daredevil climber who has scaled skyscrapers around the world without ropes was arrested in Malaysia on Tuesday as he tried to clamber up the world's tallest twin towers.

Alain Robert, 44, known as the 'French Spiderman', slipped past security guards at the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers and reached the 60th floor before giving himself up.

"It's a great view from here. There is so much action and it is funny to see people inside the offices staring at me," he said.

Midway through his climb it was like a scene from an action movie with Robert hanging on a ledge on the 35th floor as a police helicopter hovered nearby.

Hundreds of onlookers, many taking pictures with their camera phones, cheered him on.

But a team of firemen and policemen finally stopped him and ordered him to re-enter the building through an opening on the 60th floor. He did not resist.

"We told him to stop," said Christopher Chong, a fire official coordinating the arrest.

"He waved the Malaysian flag at us. We clapped and he let us take him in."

Wearing a yellow T-shirt specially made to commemorate his Malaysian bid, Robert was handcuffed and escorted back to earth before he was taken away in a police car.

It was not immediately known if he would be charged with anything.

The climb was Robert's second failed bid to scale the Petronas Towers.

Exactly 10 years ago, he was arrested on the 60th floor of the other tower, a mission he accomplished in 30 minutes.

Robert has climbed over 65 buildings around the world, including the Eiffel Tower, London's Canary Wharf building, New York's Empire State Building and Chicago's Sear's Tower.

In 2004 he fended off stormy weather to climb the world's tallest building, Taipei 101, in Taiwan's capital.

But the Petronas Towers remained a challenge for Roberts who has repeatedly been denied permission to scale the building.

- Reuters




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