VIDEO: Naked statue protest causes Whitehall closure

13:00 23 November 2012

The man is believed to have been clothed while climbing the statue. Picture: Jennifer Walker/Twitter

The man is believed to have been clothed while climbing the statue. Picture: Jennifer Walker/Twitter

Archant

Whitehall in central London was closed for three hours today after a naked man mounted what appears to be a protest atop a statue.

WARNING: The video below contains footage of a naked man

The man was on the statue for almost three hours. Picture: John Stillwell/PA WireThe man was on the statue for almost three hours. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Officers were called to the scene at about noon. The road was cordoned off between Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square while they attempted to tackle the incident.

He was eventually coaxed down at around 2.45pm and put into the back of a police van. A Met Police spokesman said a man was detained under the Mental Health Act.

Crowds of onlookers gathered by the cordons. He is thought to have been clothed while climbing the statue.

Eyewitness Jennifer Walker said she saw the man stood on the statue wearing his underpants.

Police closed the surrounding routes during the incident. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PAPolice closed the surrounding routes during the incident. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA

She said: “He then took those off and got into various positions.

“I could see him spitting and talking to the police and shouting at windows in the neighbouring buildings occasionally doing the peace sign.

“At one point he urinated and he seemed to be trying to pull the hat off the statue a few times. I couldn’t hear what he was shouting.”

Traffic on the Victoria Embankment and surrounding routes was affected.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London transportation news

Monday, July 6, 2015
We may see repeats of these scenes at West Hampstead last year (Photo: Nigel Sutton)

TfL say if the planned industrial action goes ahead, “there will be no Tube service from late afternoon on Wednesday July 8 and no Tube service at all on Thursday July 9.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
(Picture:: PA)

London Underground staff who were hailed as heroes on 7/7 for evacuating stations and tending to the wounded are being ‘forced’ to reapply for their jobs due to ‘dangerous’ job cuts, the RMT union has said.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Fabian Downie

A pervert who performed a solo sex act on six London buses, including one in Old Street, has been jailed.

Monday, June 29, 2015

South Kensington Tube station was evacuated and a police cordon put up this afternoon due to a ‘security alert’.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Wednesday's protest at Bank (Picture: London Cycling Campaign)

A candlelit vigil and ‘die-in’ protest will be held at Bank junction today in memory of cyclist Ying Tao who died after a road traffic collision there last Monday.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL), Peter Hendy, is leaving his role to take over the helm of Network Rail.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more

London Bloggers

Monday, April 13, 2015
Vintage fashion shopping is a joy in London (Photo by Graham French/BIPs/Getty Images)

In with the old, out with the new. This is the mantra of the best London vintage shoppers today, whose aesthetic of effortless chic is becoming more sought after.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Eating the right foods can significantly improve your mood

Think sweet treats make you feel better? ‘Comfort foods’ could be adding to your misery.