Prankster gets stuck in dog flap!

09:50 07 August 2012

Simon Cavanagh, who was trapped in a dog flap

Simon Cavanagh, who was trapped in a dog flap

Archant

A prankster from Exmouth has told how he became stuck in a friend’s dog flap - and was cut free by the fire service- after a practical joke went wrong

Prankster Simon Cavanagh was the butt of his own joke when he got stuck in a dog flap and had to be cut free by the fire brigade.

Single dad of two Simon, of The Marles, was playing a joke on his friend on Saturday evening when the prank went wrong, leaving him in a ‘hole’ lot of trouble.

Simon, 30, who suffered bruises and cuts in his quest for fun, said he was unrepentant for his actions, just sorry for upsetting his pal, whose door he broke. “I don’t regret anything. I didn’t expect to get stuck. I found it funny, but in the end it wasn’t,” he said.

“I feel awful for my friend. I didn’t think about the consequences.”

Simon planned to squeeze through his nearby pal’s dog flap while he was out, to play a practical joke. He became wedged through a hand-cut dog-sized hole in the door. The prankster’s mirth at becoming stuck was short-lived when the rough edges of the hole began cutting into his flesh, restricting his blood flow.

Friends he was with tried in vain to free him – using a bread knife to cut him out. Eventually, the fire brigade arrived.

“The fire brigade said another 10 minutes and I would have passed out,” said Simon.

“It was slowly cutting into me. I thought ‘this is it’. My arms were going numb and the blood was rushing to my head.

“I was scared. I have never felt so much pain in all my life.

Simon’s friend, who had been enjoying a barbecue in Exmouth when the police arrived to break the news of the drama playing out at his home, said: “It was a bit of a practical joke that went wrong. It was just stupid. I didn’t find it funny at all.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

09:30

The principal of Exmouth Community College is to retire this summer, after 15 years in the role.

Read more
12:30

Exmouth police are hoping a successful prosecution will send out a message that dangerous driving in the town will not be tolerated.

Read more

Panellists, including Bill Bryson, John Craven and Anita Rani have recognised the charities work in its Wildlife Success of the Year category.

Read more
10:00

An ‘abandoned’ caravan in Exmouth is to be removed after its year-long residency has led a business owner to brand it as ‘dangerous’.

Read more

East Devon District Council is searching for temporary staff to help its elections team in May.

Read more

The partnership behind the Lower Otter Restoration Project (LORP) is seeking to find £1million to fund the relocation of Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Pupils from Littleham Primary School were told about the 22,888 Roman coin hoard discovered in Seaton, 2013, before making their own.

Read more
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Budleigh Salterton traders are looking for someone to sponsor one of two new proposed life-saving devices in the town.

Read more
Saturday, January 21, 2017

A former Exmouth nurse is hoping a book of poems she has written over her lifetime will raise funds for a blood cancer charity.

Read more
Friday, January 20, 2017

It’s ‘Flashback Friday’ and we found these pictures of Topsham station in the Exmouth Journal archives.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 0°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications