Man charged after climbing Harbour Bridge

UPDATE at 3:35 PM | A PROTESTER who climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in heavy fog could be jailed for two years and be fined more than $20,000 after he was charged by NSW Police.

Authorities were told about 6am on Sunday that a man had illegally climbed one of the arches.

The 33-year-old parked his car on the northern end of the bridge, blocking traffic, before commencing his climb, detectives say.


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Because it was “so foggy” it was hard to see the man, a police spokeswoman told AAP, but Police Rescue managed to bring him down after 7am when he was arrested.

He was subsequently charged with damaging, disrupting or obstructing the Sydney Harbour Bridge which carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail and/or a $22,000 fine.

He was refused bail to appear in Central Local Court on Monday.

AAP understands the man previously attempted to scale the bridge a few years ago as a form of protest.

The Transport Management Centre said a few lanes on the bridge were briefly closed to traffic during Sunday’s incident.

Some 15 environmental activists were charged in May after the group protested on the Harbour Bridge to demand action on climate change.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman on Sunday was asked how many reviews the state government needed before it secured the bridge.

“We’re a government that relies on expert advice and we’ll get expert advice about the best way to protect the harbour bridge … and we’ll act quickly on that advice,” he told reporters.

Sunday morning’s heavy fog caused delays at Sydney Airport while the city’s famous ferries were temporarily suspended with passengers advised to “delay travel or make alternative arrangements”.

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FIRST at 11:00 AM | A MAN who climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in heavy fog is expected to be charged after he was brought back down by NSW Police officers.

Authorities were told about 6am on Sunday that a man had illegally climbed one of the arches.

Because it was “so foggy” it was hard to see the man, a police spokeswoman told AAP, but Police Rescue managed to bring him down after 7am when he was arrested.

AAP understands the man may have previously scaled the bridge a few years ago as a form of protest.

He’s being quizzed at a city police station and is expected to be charged later on Sunday.

The Transport Management Centre said a few lanes on the bridge were briefly closed to traffic during the incident.

Some 15 environmental activists were charged in May after the group protested on the Harbour Bridge to demand action on climate change.

Sunday morning’s heavy fog caused delays at Sydney Airport while the city’s famous ferries weren’t running at all with passengers advised to “delay travel or make alternative arrangements”.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the fog should clear from “late morning” to lunchtime.

© AAP 2019