Sussex

Worker trapped in pumpkin machine near Chichester

A worker had to be freed by firefighters after his leg became trapped in a machine used for de-seeding pumpkins on a West Sussex farm.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it took two hours to dismantle the machinery in a field in Binderton Lane, Binderton, near Chichester.

Firefighters had to use a 4x4 vehicle to reach the field, which was 300 yards (274m) from the nearest road.

The man was flown by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.

'Unusual equipment'

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

"As far as we know this is the only machinery of its kind in this country," said a fire service spokeswomen.

"It was a pretty unusual piece of equipment."

She said the alarm was raised by a member of the public at nearby Crows Hall Farm.

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