The man who stripped naked on top of a statue in central London has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Dan Motrescu, 29, a Ukrainian of no fixed abode, was also charged with criminal damage, Scotland Yard said.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

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Dan Motrescu brought Whitehall to a stand still for three hours

The section of Westminster was brought to a halt for nearly three hours on Friday as Motrescu straddled the statue in front of hordes of onlookers.

He was seen in a variety of poses on the statue of Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, in Whitehall, at times balancing precariously on the Duke's head.

Onlookers said he was clothed before he climbed to top of the statue.

A 100-metre stretch of Whitehall was cordoned off as emergency services tried to persuade him to come down.

He was detained under the mental health act.

The man was seen waving his arms around and was talking to crews on the ground as crowds of onlookers gathered at either end of the cordon.

Whitehall runs from Trafalgar Square and is where the Ministry of Defence is situated.

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    EDITORS NOTE NUDITYA naked man on a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall.

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    EDITORS NOTE NUDITYA naked man on a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall.

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    EDITORS NOTE NUDITYA naked man on a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall.

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    EDITORS NOTE NUDITYA naked man on a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall.

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    EDITORS NOTE NUDITYA naked man on a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall.

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    EDITORS NOTE NUDITYA naked man on a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall.

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    EDITORS NOTE NUDITYA naked man on a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall.

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    LONDON - NOVEMBER 23: A naked man stands at the top of a statue in Whitehall as police cordon the area off, on November 23, 2012 in London, England. The area in central London has brought traffic to a standstill as Police attempt to talk the man down from the Duke of Cambridge statue outside the Ministry of Defence building. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A naked man sits on top of a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall, London, Friday Nov. 23, 2012. Police and eyewitnesses say a naked man has climbed atop an equestrian statue in the heart of Whitehall, London's government district. A Scotland Yard spokesman said that the man, believed to be in his 30s or 40s, has been sitting atop the statue for the better part of two hours. He said Friday: "We're still talking to him. We're still trying to get him down without causing any injury to him." (AP Photo/ Stefan Rousseau/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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    A naked man sits on top of a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall, London, Friday Nov. 23, 2012. Police and eyewitnesses say a naked man has climbed atop an equestrian statue in the heart of Whitehall, London's government district. A Scotland Yard spokesman said that the man, believed to be in his 30s or 40s, has been sitting atop the statue for the better part of two hours. He said Friday: "We're still talking to him. We're still trying to get him down without causing any injury to him." (AP Photo/ John Stillwell/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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    A naked man sits on top of a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge in Whitehall, London, Friday Nov. 23, 2012. Police and eyewitnesses say a naked man has climbed atop an equestrian statue in the heart of Whitehall, London's government district. A Scotland Yard spokesman said that the man, believed to be in his 30s or 40s, has been sitting atop the statue for the better part of two hours. He said Friday: "We're still talking to him. We're still trying to get him down without causing any injury to him." (AP Photo/ Stefan Rousseau/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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