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Firefighters called to help youngsters trapped in playground equipment

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Youngsters really got stuck into the warm weather yesterday - too literally in some cases. Firefighters were called to three incidents of playground mishaps after children became trapped in their playthings. Crews from western fire station were called to a small park in Pindar Road, New Parks, close to the junction of Coates Avenue, at about 2.35pm. A 12-year-old girl had lodged herself into an infant's swing and had to be cut free. The youngster was unharmed, said watch manager Steve Willatts, who was at the scene, but medics were called just in case. He said: "We had to cut the swing and release her, and there were paramedics on standby, but she was fine." Steve and the red watch crew from western station were also called to the junction of Queens Drive and Kings Drive, in Leicester Forest East, about an hour later to help a three-year-old boy who had caught his foot between the spokes of his bike and the forks. Fire fighter Willatts said: "We had to cut some spokes away, but again he was fine. "I think he went to the Leicester Royal Infirmary to make sure his foot was okay, but it didn't look too serious." He said he was expecting more of the same now that summer was on its way. "You sort of expect it because the weather is getting better but these were within an hour of each other and pretty close," he said. "We've got it all to come when summer gets here properly." Finally, crews from the new Birstall station received a call at about 5.20pm, reporting another youngster trapped in a swing in Butler Way, in Sileby. The child's legs had become tangled in the playground equipment and firefighters had to carefully remove the youngster. A spokeswoman for the fire service said: "It seemed to be a bit of a theme yesterday, I think it was something to do with the nice weather, but they were all released and went home fine - I think it was just one of those days."

Firefighters called to help youngsters trapped in playground equipment


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