A brave protester climbed onto a crane at a construction site in Wandsworth this morning and triggered an ambulance service.
Met Police blocked the streets around Nine Elms Lane as a precaution, saying they have been there for several hours trying to get in touch with the man.
It has now emerged that the man is a 69-year-old demonstrator who, according to a pro-Palestinian activist account on Twitter, is carrying out a “death-defying, daring act of solidarity for Palestine”.
The man is up there without a “safety net” and allegedly plans to stay on the crane with a view of the Vauxhall Bridge “for days”.
A Met spokesman said, “Our priority is the man’s safety and the officers are trying to speak to him. So far he has not communicated with any of the officers on site. ”
Major disruption is expected due to the incident this morning and drivers are being asked to find an alternative route.
Road closures in Battersea / Nine Elms because of a protester who climbed a crane in the new building. In any case, no fear of heights. pic.twitter.com/LUbV282I5P
– Dylan Buckley (@dylankbuckley) June 15, 2021
Wandsworth Police Department shared the update in a Twitter post that said a man climbed onto the top of a crane at a construction site on Nine Elms Lane.
The crane is likely part of the One Nine Elms construction project to build a 200-meter-high skyscraper on the Thames, which will cost around £ 1 billion.