Saturday 21 April 2018

The Shard bosses launch probe into parachute jump

A man parachuted off The Shard in central London
A man parachuted off The Shard in central London

A mystery man has parachuted off The Shard prompting the skyscraper's bosses to launch an investigation.

The man, who could be a base jumper, disappeared quickly after his dramatic leap from the 310-metre high building.

Pictures and video of the daredevil move were posted on social media, showing the man drift back down to a London street.

Justin Knock, 41, works nearby and noticed the man when his parachute opened in mid-air.

"I saw him making his way down between the buildings and land, and then pack up his chute and bolt," he said.

Mr Knock said after a few seconds he realised the man had "base jumped", and he watched him land "very, very comfortably" below the glass-clad building which dwarfs surrounding structures.

He said: "Someone was there and gave him a bit of a hand to pull his chute in. And then some other guy came over and said something to him. I don't know whether he was saying 'That was amazing, you're incredible', or 'You're an absolute idiot, what are you doing?'."

After the quick exchange, Mr Knock said the man then ran towards the Tube station and he lost sight of him.

He said police officers were there within minutes, as well as security from The Shard.

"But, yeah, a pretty daring bloke, who obviously knew what he was doing, and I imagine so far he's gotten away with it," he said.

Mr Knock said he thought the man could be late 20s or early 30s, was medium height, and perhaps even "a bit overweight" with brown hair.

"He didn't look like a daredevil. He looked fairly nondescript, so maybe part of the disguise," he said.

A spokeswoman for The Shard said: "We can confirm that we are investigating an incident involving a member of the public this morning. All parts of the building remain open."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they were called at about 10.20am to reports that a man had parachuted off The Shard and landed on St Thomas Street.

No arrests have been made.

Press Association

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