Dubai po­lice ques­tion Bri­tish dare­devil

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A Bri­tish dare­devil known for his ver­tigo-in- spir­ing on­line videos chron- icling his climbs up build­ings and con­struc­tion cranes was in­ter­ro­gated by Dubai po­lice over his re­cent as­cents in the sheikhdom, au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day.

James Kingston’s in­ter- ro­ga­tion comes as the city- state has fash­ioned it­self as an ex­treme-sports haven, whether that means tourists sky­div­ing over the man-made Palm Jumeirah ar­chi­pel­ago or pro­fes­sion­als base-jump- ing off the Burj Khal­ifa, the world’s tallest build­ing.

But those adren­a­line-seek- ing ac­tiv­i­ties have the bless­ing of the city’s rulers, un­like Kingston, whose most-re­cent video saw him shimmy over a fence at an ac­tive con­struc- tion site in down­town Dubai in broad day­light while of­fer a run­ning com­men­tary.

Kingston told The As­so­ci­ated Press Sun­day that he had been de­tained and re­leased hours later, with­out elab­o­rat­ing. That’s af­ter he wrote on­line Satur­day that “four un­der­cover agents plucked me from my ho­tel room ear­lier to­day with no warn­ing.”

Kingston was ar­rested in 2014 af­ter climb­ing the 1,300foot Princess Tower in Dubai Marina.

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