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Handcuff callouts to 999 increasing

London firefighter Mark Blomfield: 'Fifty Shades effect' may be behind rising number of 999 callers stuck in handcuffs.

Firefighters in London have reported a rise in the number of 999 calls from people stuck in objects such as handcuffs and toilet seats.

Station Manager Mark Blomfield believes people may have been trying to re-enact scenes from erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

He told BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Williams, "It's a very, very embarrassing thing and generally there are four or five firefighters there... but sometimes a little bit of light humour can relieve the tension of the situation."

  • 30 Jul
  • From the section UK