The Associated Press reports that police and eyewitnesses say a naked man has climbed atop an equestrian statue in the heart of Whitehall, London’s government district. The man is believed to be in his 30s or 40s and has been perched on atop the statue for the better part of two hours, according to a Scotland Yard spokesman.
“We’re still talking to him,” the spokesman told AP. “We’re still trying to get him down without causing any injury to him.”
Photos posted to Twitter appear to show the man straddling a statue of the 19th century duke of Cambridge, down the street from the prime minister’s official residence.
RTE News reports that the naked man might have a knife, and has shutdown part of the road near the heart of Westmister in central London.
AP notes that London’s late autumn temperature is reaching a brisk 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). The naked man’s motives and plans for staying perched are unclear.