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Dog rescued after four days stuck in underground tunnel

Buckinghamshire fire and rescue crew manager Pete Skinner with Lulu Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

A dog has been rescued after spending four days trapped in an underground drainage tunnel in Buckinghamshire after the owner hired a digger to get her out.

Work begins cutting through the car park to dig 8ft down to the dog Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

The Jack Russell ran down the disused pipe in Dorney as the owner Gail Fraiser took her for a walk. Ms Fraiser called the RSPCA when Lulu failed to return. The animal charity advised her if the dog could be heard barking the likelihood was that she would find her way out.

A firefighter crawls inside the drain after breaking through to rescue Lulu Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

However Ms Fraiser opted to hire a digger after the barking continued but Lulu was nowhere to be seen.

The fire and rescue service intervened after becoming concerned that Ms Fraiser and her friends were at risk from injuring themselves, after trying to rescue Lulu since Friday.

Owner Gail Fraiser with Lulu the Jack Russell Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

They launched a six-hour operation to rescue the Jack Russell using the digger and shovels to dig down 8ft below ground.

The firefighters then broke into the drain before freeing Lulu from her four-days of being trapped.

Firefighters cut through the drain 8ft underground to rescue Lulu Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

The entrances to the pipe have now been closed off to prevent other animals from becoming stuck.

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JCB used to rescue dog

A dog has been reunited with its owner in Buckinghamshire after getting stuck in a drain for five days.

Gina Kaiser brought in a JCB to rescue her pet pooch after the terrier became trapped in a drainage pipe. Lulu disappeared down the unused pipe while she was out for a walk in Dorney.

Rubble blocked her exit and she was trapped, surviving on just a trickle of water for nearly a week. Eventually, Gina was so desperate to be reunited with her pet that she hired a JCB to cut Lulu free. Luckily, a fire service rescue team were passing and stepped in to help.

They used cutting equipment, the digger and shovels to dig down 8ft and six hours later Lulu was reunited with her owner.

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World's oldest pancake race

Schoolchildren line up for the oldest pancake race in the country Credit: Russell Hookey / ITV Anglia

Britain's oldest pancake race is being held in Olney near Milton Keynes.

The race dates back to 1445 and it's believed it all began with a woman who was late for the Shriving service at Olney Parish Church.

The main race happens shortly before noon but children's races are held during the morning.

Taking part in the world oldest pancake races at Olney near Milton Keynes Credit: Russell Hookey / ITV Anglia

Four arrests in High Wycombe in child exploitation case

Thames Valley Police have arrested four men in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire as part of an investigation into child exploitation called Operation Ribbon.

Four warrants under the Sexual Offences Act led to the arrests of the men who are aged 19, 20, 21 and 22. All are currently in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Vince Grey, leading the investigation, said: “We will not tolerate child exploitation in the Wycombe District and today’s warrants are part of a lengthy investigation spanning many months."

Police are urging any victims who have not yet come forward to call them in confidence on 01296 396396.

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