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Dubai police question British daredevil for skyscraper stunts

A British man known for his daredevil climbs around the world was questioned by Dubai police over recent stunts in the sheikhdom, authorities said on Sunday.

James Kingston wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday: "Four undercover agents plucked me from my hotel room earlier today with no warning." He later said he was detained and released hours later.

The 25-year-old posts videos online showing him scaling skyscrapers and cranes. His most-recent video saw him shimmy over a fence at a construction site in downtown Dubai in broad daylight.

The state-owned newspaper Emarat Al Youm quoted Dubai police Brigadier General Salem Khalifa al-Rumaithi on Sunday confirming police had "summoned" Kingston over recent climbs.

Al-Rumaithi said Kingston previously had been arrested in 2014 after climbing to the top of the Princess Tower in Dubai Marina, which at over 400 metres (1,300 feet) is the second-tallest building in Dubai.

Dubai police later issued a statement saying Kingston "was not arrested, but was asked to sign a statement that he will not attempt to perform such stunts in Dubai".

"Kingston's dangerous stunts on buildings in Dubai violated Dubai's strict regulations prohibiting such activities," the statement said.

British Embassy officials have yet to respond to requests for comment.

Kingston's detention is the second major incident involving stunts on Dubai's skyscrapers.

In February, Dubai police contacted a Russian model who posted images online of herself, holding onto only a man's hand, dangling out over the side of 300-metre (985ft) Cayan Tower.

Kingston earns money from selling T-shirts and posters commemorating his stunts. He has also written a book about his exploits.

While on top of a Dubai crane in his most-recent video, Kingston stopped to look out on the glittering Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building.

He said: "I would love to stand on top of that: Goals."

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