Man charged after climbing statue naked

A man who allegedly stripped naked on top of a statue in central London before breaking off its sword and biting it, appeared in court today charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Dan Motrescu, 29, a Ukrainian of no fixed abode, has also been charged with criminal damage.Motrescu dismissed his lawyer this morning and said he wanted to be deported back to the Ukraine to be judged there.

After a brief hearing, he was remanded in custody until Thursday, when he will reappear before the same court.Before his appearance at Westminster Magistrates' Court, he had been under close observation at St Thomas's Hospital.

Motrescu was arrested after allegedly scaling the life-sized horse-mounted statue of Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, in Whitehall, central London, on Friday.A 100-metre stretch of Whitehall was cordoned off as emergency services tried to persuade him to come down.