Daredevil briefly detained after freeclimbing Spain skyscraper

Barcelona (AFP) –

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A 21-year-old British man was briefly detained on Friday after freeclimbing one of the tallest skyscrapers in Spain.

George King, 21, nicknamed "Daredevil" after a superhero character, scaled with his bare hands and without any ropes the 120-metre (400-foot) glass-walled Melia Barcelona Sky hotel located in the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona.

Crowds watched as King, who also freeclimbed The Shard in London, made his way to the top of the building with no safety gear.

He was detained on coming down for about 20 minutes by police and was not fined, his agent Bryan Yeubrey told AFP.

His jail sentence was criticised by supporters, including renowned solo freeclimber Alain Robert -- dubbed the "French Spiderman" for his own spectacular ascents.