Friday 20 October 2017

Burglar raises alarm when trapped in petrol station

A burglar called 999 when trapped by a petrol station's security device during a break-in
A burglar called 999 when trapped by a petrol station's security device during a break-in

A burglar was forced to call 999 for help when he became trapped by a petrol station's security device during a break-in.

The man called for help after getting stuck at the Asda supermarket in Basildon early this morning, Essex Police said.

The force said they also received calls from people who heard him screaming for help from inside the building at the town's Eastgate shopping centre.

Police discovered him when they arrived at the scene shortly after 4.30am and he was later freed by firefighters.

A police spokeswoman said: "The man dialled 999 on his mobile phone and was heard briefly shouting 'Basildon, near petrol garage, Help me', before the call cut out. A police operator tried to ring him back but the line was engaged.

"Other calls were also received at the Essex Police control room as members of the public heard a person screaming for help from inside the Asda petrol station at Eastgate at about 4.35am."

The man, who is in his 40s and from Basildon, was taken to hospital for treatment and arrested on suspicion of burglary.

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