Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Erotic fiction to blame for 999 calls?

30 July 2013, 09:02

London - Popular erotic fiction such as Fifty Shades of Grey could be to blame for a rising number of incidents in which people have become stuck in handcuffs, the London Fire Brigade said on Monday.

The fire brigade said it had attended 79 incidents in which people had become stuck in handcuffs over the past three years.

The new figures prompted the fire brigade to urge people to "think carefully" before dialling the emergency 999 number and to "always keep the keys handy".

"I don't know whether it's the Fifty Shades effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up," said third officer Dave Brown. "I'm sure most people will be fifty shades of red by the time our crews arrive to free them."

'A little common sense'

In total the fire brigade attended more than 1 300 incidents in which people had become stuck or trapped, usually in household objects, in the past three years, it said.

The number rose from 416 incidents between 2010-11 to 453 between 2012-13.

There were also nine cases where men had got rings stuck on their penises; one man got his penis stuck in a vacuum cleaner, and another in a toaster.

Eighteen incidents involved children getting their heads stuck in toilet seats or potties.

"Some of the incidents our firefighters are called out could be prevented with a little common sense," said Brown.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...