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Black pudding saves butcher trapped in freezer

Black pudding saves butcher trapped in freezer

Chris McCabe freed himself by using the frozen black pudding as a "battering ram"
A butcher who became trapped in a walk-in freezer escaped thanks to a frozen black pudding. Chris McCabe, 70, said he got trapped after the freezer door in his shop in Totnes, Devon, blew shut behind him. Stranded in temperatures of -20C (-4F), with the door-release button frozen shut, he said he used the 1.5kg (3.3lbs) sausage as a battering ram on the release mechanism. Mr McCabe said: "No-one could hear me banging. Black pudding saved my life."More news from Devon and Cornwall
'Pointed and weighty'
Upon realising his predicament, Mr McCabe initially thought he "was OK because I could kick the safety button from inside", but "this time it was frozen solid". Stuck in temperatures capable of killing a human in about an hour, the father-of-four searched frantically for an improvised tool to batter the button.With the beef too slippery and the lamb too big, he happened on the "best thing" - the black pudding, made by the Queen's butcher HM Sheridan of Ballater, Aberdeenshire, who Mr McCabe has been buying the pudding from for over 20 years. He said: "It was the right shape. I used it like the police use battering rams to break door locks in. 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."
Totnes
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