Man arrested after climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge arch

The man climbed up before perching himself on the Sydney landmark with his arms crossed.

FILE: Sydney Harbour Bridge. Picture: Wikimedia Commons/JJ Harrison.

NEW YORK - A man was arrested on Friday after climbing up an arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with morning traffic in Australia's biggest city brought to a standstill as police rescue teams closed roads around the world-famous span.

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The man, dressed in dark clothing, white shoes, and sunglasses, took a taxi to the bridge and climbed up just after 9am before perching himself on the Sydney landmark with his arms crossed, Australian media said.

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The man, whose motive was unknown, climbed down about two hours later. He was arrested and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for assessment, Seven Network television said.

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