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Little Jake gets stuck bin after a dare

PUBLISHED: 15:28 04 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

A DARE turned into a proper scare for a Woodbridge five-year-old who found himself well and truly wedged inside a litter bin.

Jake Paternoster was dared by his friends to climb into the bin and although he is just a tot he found the fit a bit too tight and he got stuck.

A DARE turned into a proper scare for a Woodbridge five-year-old who found himself well and truly wedged inside a litter bin.

Jake Paternoster was dared by his friends to climb into the bin and although he is just a tot he found the fit a bit too tight and he got stuck.

The youngster, from Pembroke Avenue, Woodbridge, and his friends, tried everything they could to get him out, before calling adults to the scene.

Hearing Jake's frantic cries for help, two men raced to his aid, but despite the rescue attempt there was nothing they could do.

They instantly noticed that Jake's foot was wedged behind his back and managed to hold the tot's body weight to minimise the risk of his ankle snapping.

But as other helpers tried to tip Jake out of the bin, near his home, or simply ease the pressure on his little leg, it became clear that the fire service was going to have to be called.

A crew from Woodbridge station arrived on the scene within ten minutes and also tried to pull Jake out – even taking the bin and lying it on the ground – but all to no avail.

Eventually they managed to prise the metal bin apart – and out popped Jake with minor cuts and bruises to both legs.

He was checked over by the firemen and was then taken home.

Mum Sarah, who has two other children, Hayley, 12, and Lesley, nine, also rushed to the scene after a neighbour told her of Jake's predicament.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw it," said his mum. "But I think this type of thing happens because the kids have nothing to do around here. I think that the Housing Association is trying to do something but it can't come soon enough."

Jake was immediately made to sit in the bath, with flannels around his legs, before being comforted further with a huge ice cream.

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