Man gets arm stuck in cash machine as firefighters called to scene to free him

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A man got his hand trapped in an ATM and had to be rescued by the fire brigade on April Fool's Day.

Pictures taken on Exeter High Street last Thursday afternoon show a number of emergency workers in high-vis vests clustered around the cash machine.

A man wearing a hat can be seen standing in front of the machine as though he was using it, but his hand is caught in one of its slots.

The incident took place at the Exeter branch of Halifax Bank, DevonLive reports.

A number of firefighters were called to the man's rescue at about 5pm on Thursday, April 1.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire Service told DevonLive: "It turned out he was able to walk away of his own accord so it was a false alarm really."

No reason has been given for why the man had his hand in the cash machine to begin with, or whether it may have been an elaborate April Fool's Day prank.

It is not thought that he sustained any injuries from the ATM.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service has been approached by the Daily Star for more information about the incident.

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Cash machines are often the source of mayhem, and not just because of people being robbed while they use them.

Last March bungling thieves tried to blow up an ATM on Stockport Road in Timperley, Greater Manchester but had to run off without any cash after the explosion failed.

Tragically in 2019, a grandfather was crushed to death while using a Tesco petrol station ATM in Swansea when a 91-year-old man drove into him and pinned him against the wall.

The machine was replaced without any physical safety barriers, despite concerns from residents in the area.

Meanwhile over in the USA, a repairman was changing the lock on an ATM in Corpus Christi, Texas when he got stuck inside the room behind the machine.

Having left his phone in his truck, the trapped worker wrote notes asking for help and to call his boss and stuck them through the receipt slot.

Police kicked down the door after one customer called the number on the mysterious note, and managed to free the man inside.

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