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Man arrested after scaling crane at construction site in London, Ont.

September 19, 2018   Jillian Morgan

LONDON, Ont.—A 31-year-old man was arrested Sept. 18 after climbing a crane at a construction site in downtown London. The incident occurred just a month after emergency crews apprehended yet another crane climber near Toronto’s waterfront.

Police, fire and emergency medical services were called to a construction site on King Street at 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 17. Crews scaled the crane and, after several hours, assisted the man down and arrested him shortly before 1 a.m.

London Police determined the man was not in distress after speaking with him. Steven Oakes, of no fixed address, has been charged with mischief endangering life.

The incident is the latest in a string of crane climbing escapades plaguing construction sites. In August, a woman was apprehended from a crane cab at a condo construction site in Toronto’s west end. A 23-year-old woman made headlines in April 2017 after climbing a crane at a construction site in downtown Toronto.

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