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James Kingston climbs Northam Gasometer in Southampton in another dangerous stunt
Now he has caused fresh anger with his latest stunt.
The latest picture shows James standing on a 3ft wide rim on the top of the 112-year-old gasometer structure, staring towards the train tracks near St Mary’s Stadium.
The gas works, which is owned by Southern Gas Networks, and is in the process of being decommissioned, is protected by an 8ft barbed wire fence and has clear signs warning people to stay out.
But the 23-year-old was unrepentant about trespassing on the site for his latest stunt.
He said: “I had always wanted to scale the building. I have driven past there before many times and I thought why not?”
James Kingston looking down from the Northam Gasometer
“I walked around the rim twice. The view was incredible, it was a really nice morning and seeing the sunrise there was amazing.”
In June James posted a video of himself swinging from a metal bar with one hand at the Admirals Quay construction in Ocean Village, which drew criticism from safety bodies. Now the thrillseeker claims he will stay away from cranes in the city.
He said: “I am chilling out when it comes to cranes in Southampton. I do not want to push my luck. It is not that I am afraid of getting into trouble but a few days after I released the video I got a call from the chief inspector and had to promise him that I wouldn’t do it again.”
It’s not just Hampshire police who have criticised his actions. James’s hair-raising hobby scares the life out of his mother, who suffers from vertigo.
Since scaling Admirals Quay James said all Southampton cranes were now being guarded 24 hours a day, which he believes is down to his actions.
James Kingston's previous stunt in Ocean Village
The daredevil does not want others to follow in his footsteps, but wants his actions to raise the profile of parkour or free-running, which he has practising for six years.
He added: “I do not want people to join me, I just do it for myself. But I am happy that people are becoming more aware of it and opening their minds to it. I just live for adventure and putting myself in situations I have never been in.”
Hampshire police slammed James’s latest actions and believe he is encouraging others to emulate his terrifying antics.
A spokesman said: “James has put himself at considerable risk again and continues to do so. He could have easily died if he’d fallen. While realistically it is unlikely he will take any notice himself of our warnings it is our concern that stunts like this can encourage others and they may not be so lucky. People should not see these photos as inspiration to follow in James footsteps.
“We would advise anyone to think long and hard before doing anything like this. If they are not concerned for their own safety then they should think of the others, like their family or witnesses that could be affected if they were to fall.”
Southern Gas Networks said it would be launching a full investigation.
A spokesman said: “It appears from the footage that this individual has accessed some of our low-level equipment inside the site at Britannia Road in Southampton.
“As we take security extremely seriously we are currently carrying out a full investigation. We do everything reasonable to keep our sites secure and this is an extremely rare example of a member of the public trespassing on our land.”
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