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Man climbs down from Sydney Harbour Bridge after sparking police operation

ABC News logo ABC News 17/06/2016
Police close three lanes of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a rescue operation. © David Spicer/ABC News Police close three lanes of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a rescue operation.

A man who climbed a pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sat in an arch of the structure has been arrested after coming down.

A police operation was sparked after 9:00am following reports a man had walked across the bridge roadway.

"Officers from Harbourside Local Area Command attended and located a man, who had climbed a section of the bridge, and refused to come down," a police statement said.

"A police operation was launched, with the assistance of Police Rescue, police negotiators, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, and the Motorcycle Response Team."

The man was arrested at the scene and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for assessment.

During the incident, Ian Wallace from the Traffic Management Network said the man was up about 75 metres.

"We have this person, he's climbed up onto the Harbour Bridge, I can actually see him sitting up there at the moment," he told 702 ABC Sydney.

"He climbed the fourth [pylon] along and got himself up into the bridge."

Three citybound lanes were closed during the police operation but have since reopened.

A Traffic Management Centre spokeswoman said there were lengthy delays in both directions while traffic returned to normal, but congestion had significantly eased by midday.

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