Firefighters rescue Irish groom locked in toilets and wearing a tutu

The party was ordered out at 5am

Gerard Couzens

Firefighters had to rescue an Irish groom-to-be in a tutu after he got trapped inside a Barcelona bar on his stag do.

The bar owner locked up and went home without realising he was still in the toilet after telling his drunken friends it was time to go home and sending them back to their hotel.

They only realised he was missing when they woke up later that morning - and went back to the bar in the clothes they had been wearing to discover their pal was still inside.

The owner was nowhere to be seen and firefighters had to free him after forcing the door.

A neighbour living near the small nightspot - a cocktail bar in the old town - told a local Catalan paper: "The groom-to-be must have fallen asleep inside the toilet because the bar is only tiny.

"He would have been spotted in any other place."

The owner of the bar, which has not been named, ordered the stag party out at 5am on Sunday after they had been boozing for a couple of hours.

The groom-to-be was rescued around midday in his ballet fancy dress.

Catalan daily La Vanguardia reported his friends discovered him poking his fingers through a gap in holes in the metal shutters when they returned to the bar to see if he was there.

The group is understood to have been drinking around the popular La Rambla area earlier in the evening.

Barcelona is now one of Europe's most popular stag-do and hen-night venues. City residents complain tourism is overwhelming parts of the city.

There have been several protests during the last couple of years over mass tourism.

Residents in working-class neighbourhood La Barceloneta have organised demos against drunken-style Magaluf holidaymakers and illegal tourist flats.

Barcelona's mayor Ada Colau has brought in a a series of restrictions on the city's tourism industry since last May.