A butcher used a prize-winning black pudding to batter his way to freedom after becoming trapped in a walk-in freezer.
Chris McCabe, 70, nipped into the freezer to pick up a rabbit but found himself trapped after the door was blown shut by a strong gust of wind.
The temperature inside the icy prison was -20°C.
The freezer was fitted with a plastic door release button, but the mechanism had frozen solid.
“It was really frightening,” said McCabe, who has run his butcher’s shop on Totnes’ Fore Street for 31 years, “particularly as there was no one else in the shop to come to my rescue.”
After several minutes of grappling with the lock, the cool-headed butcher picked up a 1.3 kilo black pudding and started whacking the door release button.
“After a bit of bashing it gave way and I could escape,” added a thankful McCabe.
The life-saving black pudding and was supplied by Fife-based The Farmer’s Son and is made to a 100-year-old recipe.
Journalist: Jonathan Lee
Publisher: Mirror newspaper