A Manc free climber has apparently completed his latest challenge by scaling the tallest building in the UK over the weekend.
Adam Lockwood may already be known for his daredevil challenges that aren’t for the faint-hearted, but the 21-year-old looks to have taken on one of his biggest missions yet when he shared a selfie of him standing precariously-close to the edge of the iconic 72-floor 310m (1,016ft) The Shard building to Facebook in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The Wigan lad not only scaled the skyscraper barefoot, but he even managed to surprise a couple from the Isle of Man who were staying on the building’s 40th floor.
Paul Curphey and his partner Treasaidh were surprised by someone “waving at the window”.
The couple were staying in The Shard for a birthday gift when Paul snapped a picture of Lockwood from out the window of their hotel room.
Mr Carphey said Lockwood was “yelling in a celebratory fashion” when they spotted him “waving at the window, 40 floors up, already in the deep end so to speak.”
The couple said they “couldn’t help but urge him on to complete his mission.”
“He was smiling, waving, and having the time of his life,” Mr Carphey added, “it was scary to see, but his happy demeanour was amazingly uplifting.”
Following the event, it has been confirmed that the Metropolitan police were called to the 1,017ft (310m) skyscraper at 5.38am, and the London fire brigade and London ambulance service also attended – with three men arrested.
One, a 21-year-old, thought to be Lockwood, was arrested on suspicion of trespass and two others were held on suspicion of causing public nuisance.
This isn’t the first time Lockwood has attempted previous stunts, of course, as many will remember he grabbed headlines for posing as a construction worker in order to scale and hang off the tallest crane in Dubai earlier this summer.
He has also notably dangled from the 80-metre San Siro stadium in Milan back in April, and later scaled the famous glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris to take a selfie.
In the past, he has also grabbed headlines for scaling Arndale Food Court in Manchester city centre during a Black Lives Matter protest on 7 June 2020, and then just a few days later, he dangled from the edge of a 600ft balcony at the Madison Building in London’s Canary Wharf – with video footage of both instances uploaded to the internet.
Back in August 2020, Lockwood was handed a suspended sentence and narrowly avoided jail after breaching a Manchester City Council injunction, and “continuing to risk his life” by “dangerously scaling” tall buildings.
In the latest twist that virtually everyone saw coming, the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight looks like it has been called off yet again. Is anyone even still bothered at this point?
Fury broke the news via Instagram on Monday evening, revealing that he had not received a signed contract from Joshua before his self-imposed 5pm deadline and that the long-awaited all match-up is now off the table.
Joshua’s last two fights came against the Usyk, in which he lost both the first bout and the rematch, going viral with a rather bizarre speech in the immediate aftermath.
As well as questioning how the Ukrainian could have beaten him when he’s “not strong”, he references everything from the Russian invasion to his weight and time in prison.
As for Usyk, he is the only real opponent Fury is likely to face and the pair have been open about arranging a fight, despite both having made it quite clear that they hope to retire in the new future.
Gary Neville insists he has ‘no intention’ of going into politics
Gary Neville has made his stance clear and insisted that he has absolutely “no intention” of going into politics in the future.
The former Manchester United and England footballer, turned manager, pundit, and commentator, made a guest starring appearance at the 2022 Labour Party Conference yesterday – which is currently being held in Liverpool – to give a speech at an event about the future of football.
The Bury-born 47-year-old also threw his support behind party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
But despite becoming a followed figure and somewhat of a voice on current political affairs since his retirement from the game, and most significantly within the last couple of years of Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and under the leadership of several Conservative Prime Ministers, Neville has claimed that he still does not intend to venture into politics.
He also said that he was “not going to be tempted” to become an MP and stand in the upcoming by-election in West Lancashire.
The former right back said he does not “need to be an MP” to support the Labour party.
Neville told BBC Politics that a venture into politics is “something I’ve been asked about regularly over the last 12 – 18 months,” but clarified that he’s “got no intention of going into politics at all”, primarily because “I love what I do so much”.
He continued: “The reality is I love what I do so much. I love what I do in football, I love what I do in Greater Manchester with the businesses that I co-own, and I have to say I wouldn’t want to give that up as I feel as though I’m happy in what I’m doing.
“I want to continue doing the things that I’m doing locally in Greater Manchester.
“And I have to say that I feel politically motivated, but I can do as much, I think, for the Labour Party by being here as I can do being an MP.