Naked climb on Whitehall Prince George statue: Man charged

A Ukrainian national has been charged after a man stripped naked on top of a statue in Whitehall in central London.

A man was seen in a variety of poses on the statue of Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, on Friday.

Dan Motrescu, 29, of no fixed address, will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

He was charged with an offence contrary to Section 5 of the Public Order Act, possession of an offensive weapon in public and criminal damage to property.

Waving his arms

The section of Westminster was brought to a halt for nearly three hours as a man straddled the statue in front of hordes of onlookers.

He was seen in a variety of poses on the statue, at times balancing precariously on the duke's head.

Onlookers said he was clothed before he climbed to the top of the statue.

A 100m (328ft) stretch of Whitehall was cordoned off as emergency services tried to persuade him to come down.

The man was seen waving his arms around and was talking to crews on the ground.

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