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Canterbury Christ Church University student Shayan Shayegani known as Speedo Shy in roundabout workout prank near Westgate Towers

23 April 2014
by Jamie Bullen

An "urban camper" who pitched a tent on a Canterbury mini-roundabout has returned to the same spot for his latest prank - a workout surrounded by busy traffic.

Canterbury Christ Church University student Shayan Shayegani, known to fans as Speedo Shy, was snapped yesterday working up a sweat while cars passed by near the Westgate Towers.

It came just days after he was also pictured half-naked emerging from a tent in the same spot on Good Friday.

Student Shayan Sheyegani, known to fans as Speedo Shy, having a workout on a roundabout near the Westgate Towers

Student Shayan Sheyegani, known to fans as Speedo Shy, having a workout on a roundabout near the Westgate Towers

Mr Shayegani, Canterbury's answer to Dom Joly, invited Twitter users to watch a video of the daring prank on his Speedo Shy Facebook page.

Other videos include his urban camping exploits and battling a friend in a sumo suit, which saw him ejected from a bowling alley in Whitstable before the fight resumed in Canterbury High Street.

Earlier this year, Mr Shayegani became an internet sensation for his pranks on unsuspecting members of the public.

Canterbury prankster Shayan Sheyegani pitches tent on a mini-roundabout near the Westgate Towers. Picture Neil Haffenden

Canterbury prankster Shayan Sheyegani pitches tent on a mini-roundabout near the Westgate Towers. Picture: Neil Haffenden

He pulls practical jokes on people while his friends film their reactions, which range from laughter to swinging punches, before posting footage on the web.

The 20-year-old said he started pulling the Dom Joly-style hoaxes as a way to break into acting, but now hopes to turn it into a full-time job.

He said: "At first, I wanted to build up a following online and get into acting that way. It seemed to make people laugh."

Prankster Shayan Shayegani, aka Speedo Shy, on the look out for his next victim in Canterbury

Prankster Shayan Shayegani, aka Speedo Shy, on the look out for his next victim in Canterbury

Mr Shayegani added: "I've already grown so much because of the power of Facebook and Twitter.

"It already feels like my job. It's my dream, and I want to do it full-time – you can make a career out of anything nowdays.

"I like the fact that every day is different. It's not a 9 to 5 job in an office. I can't make a living out of it at the moment, but I'm hoping to."

What do you think of Shayan Shayegani's pranks? Join the debate below.

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