Watch Welwyn Garden City daredevil’s embassy stunts

PUBLISHED: 10:30 27 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:58 27 February 2014

The daredevil rider performs a death-defying leap between two window boxes. From film produced by Torque Tomahawk

The daredevil rider performs a death-defying leap between two window boxes. From film produced by Torque Tomahawk

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Captured inches from death, leaping across seven-storey gaps, this Welwyn Garden City man has become an online sensation.

"The one on the edge of the window box was the scariest, it wasn’t technically the hardest but the concerns were pretty high. "

Stuntman Chris Northover

Chris Northover’s Storm the Embassy film sees the 27-year-old risk life and limb tearing around the former Russian consulate in Kensington Palace Gardens.

The University of Hertfordshire graduate races through the empty £100m mansion, skidding through rooms and jumping down flights of stairs.

At the video’s climax, Chris poses perilously on small window boxes, before jumping the £1,950 Oset electric bike across the dangerous divide.

The Croft resident said: “The one on the edge of the window box was the scariest, it wasn’t technically the hardest but the concerns were pretty high.

Chris traveresed a narrow plank before leaping into the stairs. From film produced by Torque TomahawkChris traveresed a narrow plank before leaping into the stairs. From film produced by Torque Tomahawk

“On the day I did it I spent a lot of time practising.”

He added: “The abseiling was tough, I’m quite used to doing bike stunts, but with a rope it was a bit different for me.”

Chris, who used to race superbikes, had permission to film in the Billionaire’s Row property through his connections as deputy editor of SuperBike Magazine.

The clip of him putting the bike, marketed for teenagers, through its paces has been viewed nearly 423,000 times on video sharing site YouTube.

Chris Northover with his bikeChris Northover with his bike

“It has been really good,” he said.

“It’s the combination between the building and the cool bike.”

After the success of the clip, Chris, and his filmers Torque Tomahawk, have been inundated with video requests.

“We have had quite a lot of people get in contact, we hope to do something in an aeroplane graveyard,” said the stuntman.

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