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Dartford trickster Johnny Strange sets new Guinness World Record for sword swallowing

Dartford is home to a new world record holder - and it has nothing to do with the amount of time spent stuck in traffic.

Johnny Strange pulled off a death defying stunt over the weekend when he set the record for the longest sword ever swallowed to the hilt.

The blade, measuring more than two feet in length, was swallowed by Strange as part of International Sword Swallowers Day at Ripley's Blackpool on Saturday.

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Johnny Strange, from Dartford, has set a new Guinness World Record.
Johnny Strange, from Dartford, has set a new Guinness World Record.

Strange now has nine Guinness World Records and described his latest as 'one of the most dangerous' he has ever attempted.

“This is probably one of the most dangerous Guinness World Records I have ever attempted, with the blade being so long there runs an increased risk of puncturing the stomach lining," he explained.

"This is a record I have been training for for a long time, sticking to a strict yoga routine and stretching exercises in order to push my body to its absolute limit.

"I also ate a huge plate of my grandma’s cooking before attempting the record, this way my stomach sat lower than it usually would, increasing the distance from my throat to the bottom of my stomach."

Other records secured by Strange in recent years include the world's first sword swallow inside a 'Globe of Death', which he completed in the Belgian capital of Brussels in 2014.

Johnny doing what he does best.
Johnny doing what he does best.

The Globe of Death sees motorcyclists ride in a spherical mesh ball, looping vertically as well as horizontally.

Stunt rider Vesko Lesev rode his motorcycle at speeds of over 40mph around Strange as he swallowed a 17-inch steel blade inside the cramped 5 metre cage.

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