A quick-thinking butcher who got trapped in his own freezer used a frozen black pudding to free himself from his icy hell.
Chris McCabe, 70, thought he was going to die after he got locked in his own walk-in fridge which stores meat at temperatures of -20C. But with time running out in the freezer which is capable of killing a man in just half an hour he grabbed the only tool he could find – a black pudding.
He battered the lock with the frozen breakfast staple and it eventually gave way and he walked free.
Chris, a father-of-four from Totnes, Devon, said: ‘Black pudding saved my life, without a doubt. “No one could hear me banging because it is outside, round the back of the shop. “The black pudding was the best thing to hit the button with because it was the right shape. I used it like the police use battering rams to break door locks in, that’s what I did with the black pudding.
“It was solid, pointed and I could get plenty of weight behind it. I’m lucky really, we sell about two or three each week and that was the last one in there.”
Chris said the winds had blown the door shut after he went in and to his horror the inner door release button had frozen solid. He frantically looked around for something to save him – but couldn’t find anything to de-ice the emergency release.
The lamb was too big and the beef didn’t afford enough grip, and Chris said he had all but given up hope he spotted his last black pudding. The fried breakfast favourite, supplied straight from the Queen’s butcher HM Sheridan of Ballater, was the perfect size, weight and most importantly diameter.
Chris wielded the 1.5kg stick of blood sausage and gave the green door-release button a whack before being freed on the third attempt.
Journalist: Jonathan Lee
Publisher: Mirror newspaper