Man who climbed Big Ben dressed as Boris Johnson says he was driven by 'climate change anxiety'

A tree surgeon has said "climate change anxiety" was one of the reasons why he scaled up Big Ben in London.

Ben Atkinson climbed up the clock tower dressed as Boris Johnson before unfurling two large Extinction Rebellion flags on October 18 last year.The 43-year-old appeared barefoot at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with trespassing on a protected site, namely Elizabeth Tower at the Palace of Westminster.

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Ben Atkinson appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court, for climbing Big Ben dressed as Boris Johnson during the Extinction Rebellion protests. Picture: SWNS
Mr Atkinson scaled the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament in October. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire