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Boy rescued from Wightwick Manor stone monument

The boy while stuck Image copyright West Midlands Fire Service
Image caption Firefighters had to cut the stone in half in order to free seven-year-old Max Morgan.

A seven-year-old boy spent almost three hours stuck inside a stone monument at a National Trust property.

Max Morgan had to be cut free after his leg got trapped in the grounds of Wightwick Manor near Wolverhampton.

His father, George, said the family had pictures of Max inside the same monument at the National Trust property taken when he was aged about two.

But the schoolboy, who was released by West Midlands Fire Service, "has grown a bit" since, his dad said.

Mr Morgan, from Lower Penn, praised the "quick thinking of the emergency services".

Crews from Wolverhampton were initially called to the scene at 15:30 BST after Max climbed inside and got stuck.

But, fireman Roy Phillips said, due to the "complexity of the entrapment", a specialist team based in Wednesbury were called in to assist.

In the end, the team used an abrasive wheel to cut the stone in half before Max was checked over by paramedics.

Image copyright West Midlands Fire Service
Image caption Specialist rescue teams had to cut the stone monument in half to free the boy

Mr Morgan said he was later taken to A&E but was found to only have some bruising to his leg.

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He said: "We are National Trust members and I've got pictures of Max from when he was two or three in the same hole but I think he has grown a bit more in the last few months.

"We just want to say a big thank you to the firefighters, NHS workers and paramedics who helped him."

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