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Thursday 23rd November 2017

Fried chicken shop burglar trapped in extractor fan for SEVEN HOURS

He had to be plucked out by firefighters!

A suspected burglar was left red-faced after his attempt to break into a takeaway chicken shop went disastrously wrong.

The man tried to penetrate DFC Chicken in Birmingham by climbing through an extractor-fan shaft at 2am.

But somehow he managed to get himself stuck, and had to wait SEVEN HOURS to be freed by a rescue team.

The suspected burglar targeted DFC Chicken in Birmingham (Credit: SWNS)

It was a passer-by who first spotted the crook's legs protruding from the shaft, and West Midlands Police arrived on the scene at 8.20am.

PC Matthew Willocks, who took a picture of the man's legs, said: "The extractor unit had been removed and the suspect had climbed into the extractor outlet at around 2am.

A police officer arriving on the scene took a photo of the man's legs sticking out of the shaft (Credit: SWNS)

"He was completely stuck and couldn’t move at all."

Thankfully for the man, he didn't have to wait much longer for his ordeal to come to an end – a crew from nearby Handsworth Fire Station arrived at 9am to free him.

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Continued PC Willocks: "The fire brigade had to come in and use the jaws of life to pull back all the extractor casing to release him."

Later on, the West Midlands Police response team tweeted PC Willocks' photo, along with a cautionary message.

It said: "Don’t get stuck if you're trying to break in. 5 hours later shouting help £triptocustody by all means."

He was completely stuck and couldn't move at all.

The picture was later retweeted by the force's chief constable David Thompson, who remarked: “Most excellent.”

A fire crew finally came and rescued the man from his predicament (Credit: SWNS)

A 45-year-old man from Handsworth was taken to hospital for a check-up before being arrested on suspicion of burglary.

As you might expect, some people on social media found the whole episode hilarious, and the jokey tweets soon started rolling in.

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One person quipped: "Another fine mess, Stanley. Must feel a right turkey!"

Another chortled: "Trying really hard not to laugh."

And a third joked: "I just slipped, I swear, officer."

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