'Spider-Man' arrested for punching police in New York

The man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested for demanding money from tourists. Credit: Reuters

A man dressed as Spider-Man has been arrested after punching a police officer in New York's Times Square who told him to stop harassing tourists.

NYPD stepped in when Junior Bishop demanded at least five dollars (£2.95) from a woman he posed for a picture with instead of the one dollar (59p) she offered him.

The officer told the costumed 25-year-old he could only accept tips - not require payment and arrested him.

A yelling, cursing Bishop then broke free after failing to produce identification and punched the officer in the face, leaving him with a cut and swollen eye.

Other officers arrived to take Spider-Man away.

Bishop was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.