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Crane climbers defy high risks

The view from the top of a crane is nothing if not spectacular. If you're there illegally, it may be even better.

A new craze for climbing Britain's highest cranes, taking a picture of yourself and posting it on websites is seizing self-styled 'urban explorers'.

The perpetrators, often risking their lives for the literal high, have defied heavy security to infiltrate construction projects such as Wembley Stadium in London. Experts have condemned their actions as 'irresponsible, dangerous and life-threatening'. Some enthusiasts have already been injured indulging their high-rise habit.

Last month two men scaled the 245ft crane being used to build a housing development at Tarling Heights in London's Docklands. The duo were able to take photographs from the top to record their feat, drawing praise from fellow enthusiasts, who swap stories, pictures and tips for future expeditions via the website The website claims to have more than 2,500 members who specialise in getting into tall buildings, both occupied and disused, without getting caught.

Jo Stagg, spokeswoman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said urban explorers were risking death by taking part in 'dangerous, irresponsible behaviour which is setting a bad example to children.

'If you are climbing on to cranes hundreds of feet above the ground you are risking your life. If anything goes wrong, there would be nobody there to help you,' she added.

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