I'll have the WEDGES!
Byline: JASBIR AUTHI News Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org @jasbirauthi
SUSPECTED BURGLAR STUCK TIGHT FOR FIVE HOURS IN TAKEAWAY RAID THERE'S little point crying foul when you're suspected of trying to break into a fried chicken shop - and found yourself well and truly wedged.
But for this unfortunate soul his little escapade found him stuck tight for five long hours.
The hapless crook had apparently tried to get into DFC Chicken, in Rookery Road, Handsworth.
Unfortunately his method of entry was an empty extractor fan hole, which turned out to be a little too tight for the man, who was clearly no spring chicken.
He got himself stuck some time after 2am on Thursday morning and far from making a quick getaway was forced to cry for help.
But sadly his moans weren't heard until 8am when a passerby heard a commotion... and spotted a pair of legs dangling in the air.
Officer Pc Matthew Willocks was first on the scene and snapped a picture of the bungling suspect, who was finally released by a crew from Handsworth Fire Station.
Police said a 45-year-old man, from Handsworth was taken to hospital for a check-up and arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Officers tweeted: "Don't get stuck if you're trying to break in. Five hours later shouting help. Trip to custody by all means."
Police officers ended their message with three crying-with-laughter emojis.
Re-tweeting the photograph, the force's chief constable, David Thompson, said: "Most excellent."
Pc Willocks said: "The extractor unit had been removed and the suspect had climbed in to the extractor outlet at around 2am. He was completely stuck and couldn't move at all.
"The fire brigade had to come in and use the jaws of life to pull back all the extractor casing to release him."
The tweet prompted a wave of reaction on social media.
Jim Nicholl said: "Another fine mess Stanley. Must feel a right turkey!" Judith Broug posted: "Trying really hard not to laugh."