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Skyscraper cradle safety scare

The firm building western Europe's tallest skyscraper says a maintenance cradle was working "within safe limits" after internet footage appeared to show it swinging wildly near the top of the thousand-foot building.

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Cradle gets stuck on the 72nd floor of The Shard

The Shard in central London pictured on May 30th 2012 during its construction. Credit: PA

Emergency services were sent to the Shard - days before its official opening - after a cradle got stuck in a precarious position on the 72nd floor.

Ten firefighters attended the scene in central London after reports of the cradle on the outside of the building becoming unsafe.

On-site engineers fixed the problem. An ambulance was on standby at the bottom of the 309.6 metre (1,015ft) high building.

London Fire Brigade, which sent a fire engine and fire rescue unit to the Shard, said on Twitter: "On site engineers at the #Shard have made the cradle safe".

The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe will be opened by Qatar's prime minister and the Duke of York on Thursday.

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