Man Arrested After Appearing on Roof of London's Palace of Westminster

Image: Man spotted on the Houses of Parliament
epa04652915 An as yet unidentified man is seen on the roof of the Houses of Parliament and emergency services are called to Westminster Palace in London, Britain, late 07 March 2015. The man appears to be calm but has not expressed any motives for his actions. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA BEST AVAILABLE QUALITYFACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA / EPA

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British police have detained a man who got onto the roof of the Palace of Westminster, London’s most iconic building and the home of Britain’s parliament.

The 23-year-old man was taken into custody at around 5 a.m. Sunday local time, nearly eight hours after he was first seen on top of the historic building, British police said. The man was first seen on the roof of the building at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The man’s identity was not released. He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and trespassing, and was taken to a central London police station for questioning, police said. "At this stage it is too early to ascertain the reason as to why the man was trespassing on the roof," police said in a statement. It is unclear how the man got onto the roof.

Emergency services are called to the Palace of Westminster after an as yet unidentified man is spotted on the roof of the Houses of Parliament in London Saturday.FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA / EPA


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