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British daredevil scales Eiffel Tower unaided to take sneaky selfie

David Kearns

Published 09/11/2015 | 13:26

The British climber spent more than eight hours scaling the ironic tower Credit: James Kingston
The British climber spent more than eight hours scaling the ironic tower Credit: James Kingston
The British climber spent more than eight hours scaling the ironic tower Credit: James Kingston

A British daredevil wearing only jeans and a pair of trainers climbed up the Eiffel Tower in the dead of night just to snap a selfie some 300 metres up.

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In a heart stopping video, James Kingston scaled the iconic Parisian structure before snapping a picture of himself near the top. 

The footage shows the adrenaline junkie jumping across beams and keeping his balance as he walks right along the edge of the tower without any kind of safety gear.

The free climber, who has previously scaled Wembley's famous arch, spent more than eight hours making his way up the tower in the French capital.

He was later arrested after being spotted during his descent.

According to his YouTube Channel, Mr Kingston was released without charge after agreeing not to climb the Eiffel Tower again for at least three years.

Speaking about the 1am climb, James said: "After slowly making our way up through the framework of the Tower, we finally reached the top platform which was fully lit up. 

"I unlocked the door, slowly crept in and was immediately hit with the sound of a walkie talkie going absolutely mental in French.

"It was clear we'd been spotted so we legged it down a few stories and found a couple of holes inside the framework that we had no choice but to hide in.

"Hours went by with security going up & down with torches & they even turned on all of the towers lights during their search.

"The lights finally went off and the tower was ours again so we began the wait for sunrise. After a few more hours playing around on the tower workers and tourists started coming up in the lifts.

"We were spotted so we climbed down and met with security."

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