Firefighters in Sittingbourne, Kent, were called out to an Asda petrol station last week after a woman fell into a recycling bin.

A 35-year-old woman dropped off some clothes into a clothes recycling bin at the Millway Ada petrol station on 22 July, but changed her mind and tried to fish something back out again.

She fell headfirst into the bin and got trapped in the slot, and was only rescued after a fellow recycler spotted her feet hanging out and then alerted the emergency services.

An ambulance and a fire engine with five crew members on board turned up and used heavy duty hydraulic spreaders and hand tools to prise apart the hinges and set her free.

Kate Collyns

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