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Photos: Responders Cut Man Free from Trash Can

ABERDEEN, Scotland — A 52-year-old man was taken to hospital last night — after getting his head stuck in a bin.

The unusual incident happened at the Castlegate, Aberdeen, around 5:45 p.m., when passers-by noticed the man struggling to break free.

Worried onlookers called 999, and all three emergency services attended.

Grampian Fire and Rescue officers used a high-powered saw to cut off the top of the bin and he was freed within 15 minutes.

The saw can cut through metal, brickwork and timber and is normally used for rescuing people trapped in vehicles.

The man, who is believed to be local, was delivered to the care of a waiting ambulance crew, who took him to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was treated for facial cuts before being released.

A spokesman for Grampian Police said: “We are unsure what he was looking for or what he had lost – and whether he found it.

“We can also confirm that there were no criminal charges resulting from the incident.”

People in the area were bemused by all the activity.

Bar worker Ian Anderson was rushing to nearby Archibald Simpson’s pub to start his shift when the drama unfolded.

He said: “I thought it must have been a fire that had been put out by the time I walked past – because there was no smoke or flames.

“When I got to the pub and people told me the real story, I could not believe it.

“Everyone was talking about it, and having a laugh about the commotion it caused.”