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Halifax's John Edwards is freed from coffin after three days

John Edwards out of the grave
Image caption John Edwards said he had spoken to people all over the world

A recovered drug addict and charity worker has been released from a coffin after spending three days buried underground.

John Edwards, 61, was buried on Friday in Halifax and resurfaced on Monday.

He said he had "brought words of light from the grave" in a bid to reduce the number of addicts' funerals he has to attend.

The Walking Free charity founder works with suicidal addicts and their families.

Mr Edwards streamed his incarceration live via a smartphone and also was in contact on social media.

'Using a toilet'

He said he had talked to "people all over the world".

He thanked his supporters and said he felt a bit "woozy" after his time confined to the 8ft long, 3.5ft high and 4ft wide (2.4m x 1m x 1.3m) coffin.

Mr Edwards said he was "looking forward to using a toilet and having a shower".

During his stay he received food and water through a pipe and a second pipe was connected to a caravan toilet.

Image copyright John Edwards
Image caption Mr Edwards said: "I've been to hundreds of funerals and I am so desperate to stop others.

He said he had been buried to help give hope to people suffering addiction.

"It's an extreme thing to do, but so is suicide and drug addiction," he said before been buried.

"But extreme times demand extreme measures."

Image caption During his stay he received food and water through a pipe and a second pipe was connected to a toilet

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