Hilary and Clive King-Thompson told the flagship programme that the prison term was ‘outrageous’ and ‘a complete shock’.
The climber shared this shot on his Instagram after scaling the Shard on July 8, 2019 and closing London Bridge station
King-Thompson (pictured) scaled the structure in just 45 minutes and the building’s owners took him to court for breaching an injunction
King had climbed the building from the ground floor to near the very top in just 45 minutes in July 2019.
He admitted being in contempt of court after disobeying injunctions about scaling the structure and was locked up in a young offenders institute for six months on October 21.
‘Somebody like George can be so useful in the community, give him community service, don’t lock him away,’ his mother said.
Mr King-Thompson pointed out that while his son received a custodial sentence, 17-year-old drug driver Max Coopey got 100 hours’ community service after killing two pedestrians.
‘He’s amazing I admire him for doing his own thing,’ his mother added. ‘He’s so passionate and that’s his message that he wants to get out to the world. Nothing I say or do will stop him doing what he wants to do – I admire him for that. It’s an incredible achievement, he’s an elite athlete.’
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