Activist in Spiderman costume scales Big Ben displaying banners

AN activist in his 60s, dressed in a Spiderman costume, scales Big Ben scaffolding displaying banners.

Just before 8am on Thursday morning, October 22, a man appearing to be in his 60s climbed the scaffolding onto Big Ben where he displayed multiple banners carrying messages to the government.

In a rush of different sentiments, the Spiderman activist seemed to be urging the Government to give northern England an extra £2billion in funding before putting areas into the tier three ‘very high’ alert level.

Another huge banner read: ‘Black and all lives matter so unify peoples of the world, unite and put things right.’

The spectacle was first spotted by Twitter user ‘L Zalite’, an NHS midwife who took a picture at 8.02am and tweeted: ‘How to speak up when it matters #BigBen #lockdownUK.’

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘At around 7.50am a man climbed up scaffolding surrounding the Elizabeth Tower. Officers are on scene and dealing.’

Scotland Yard confirmed that the man climbed down from the scaffolding at around 10am, where he was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass under section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.


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