`Naked’ man straddles Prince George’s statue in London

London: The Whitehall area in the central London was reportedly closed off after a naked man straddled the historic statue of Prince George for three hours despite swirling winds and plunging temperatures.

Within minutes of climbing on to the 30ft statue of the Duke of Cambridge, in Whitehall at midday, the man stripped naked and started to shout at bystanders.

At one point he stood precariously atop the statue with his arms outstretched, and also appeared to take the sword from the statue and wave it about, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the paper, hundreds of baffled passersby gathered in the busy road, which runs between the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, to watch the exhibition unfold in wonder.

“We had to get out of the cab because it couldn`t get through - we didn`t expect this. It`s hilarious, we`ll it`s obviously not funny for people who can`t get through but climbing a statue with no clothes on is one way to bring London to a standstill,” a passerby said.

Police said he has not been arrested but detained under the Mental Health Act at a secure hospital in London. The man`s motives for the extravagant display of public nudity remain unclear, the paper said.