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Firefighters rescue boy from toy

PUBLISHED: 17:13 07 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:09 03 March 2010

SOME youngsters will go to any lengths to get the latest toy - but Zac Doyle surely went further than most.

Beyblades, the high-performance battling Japanese spinning tops, are the number one craze at the moment so when seven-year-old Zac tried to rescue his best friend's toy from a crack in a wall at St Margaret's Primary School, Ipswich, he thought he was doing a good turn.

SOME youngsters will go to any lengths to get the latest toy – but Zac Doyle surely went further than most.

Beyblades, the high-performance battling Japanese spinning tops, are the number one craze at the moment so when seven-year-old Zac tried to rescue his best friend's toy from a crack in a wall at St Margaret's Primary School, Ipswich, he thought he was doing a good turn.

But Zac got his hand stuck and nothing his mother Linda or headteacher Eddie Green could do would release it.

Eventually Mr Green was forced to call firefighters, who used hydraulic lifting equipment to remove part of the wall.

Linda, who had been collecting Zac's sister Lauren, nine, from orchestra practice when the incident happened, said: "He could feel the Beyblade but then he couldn't get his hand out. We didn't know whether he'd hurt it.

"The firefighters were very professional. They put a shield up between us and the wall in case it fell and began prising it away. I sat supporting Zac to take the weight off his arm.

"I was panicking more than him. He was so brave, he didn't cry or complain. You hear of things like this happening but you never imagine it will be your son."

After 20 minutes, the fire crew was able to release Zac. Apart from a few small cuts to his hand and slight swelling, Zac was uninjured.

Best of all he had retrieved the Beyblade. He said: "My friend Jack had spun it down the wall and it fell in the hole. He's my best friend so I thought I'd get it back for him. It didn't really hurt."

Jack Roberts, aged eight, was very grateful to have it back.

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