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Brighton man freed from behind wardrobe was scared by spider

The Argus: A file picture of a spider A file picture of a spider

A teenager who got trapped behind a wardrobe, before being confronted with a spider, called 999 and had to be freed by three firefighters.

Reece Thomas, an A-level pupil at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, decided to rearrange his bedroom on Tuesday afternoon.

He told yesterday how his wardrobe got stuck as he moved it and he became firmly wedged.

Then the teenager, who is petrified of spiders, spotted an arachnid and, seeing no other option, called Sussex Police on 999.

They alerted firefighters to Reece's plight and a crew went to the home he shares with his parents, Paul and Sarah Goodwin, in The Highway, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, and freed him.

The 17-year-old, who is studying for qualifications in sports, maths, leadership and IT, said he was physically uninjured but was panicking.

He said: “I felt quite claustrophobic and did not like it. I am very embarrassed.”

He added: “I was just moving my furniture when I got stuck. I moved it one inch and it must have slipped and got stuck by the bed because next thing I knew I could not move.

“My parents said I should have called them first.”

He added: “I want to say thank-you to the firefighters, who did not look very impressed when they came to help me.

"But there was a spider and I really don't like spiders.”

His mother added: “I couldn't believe it when he told me. He is getting stick from people saying he is looking for Narnia.”

Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue both confirmed they were aware of the incident.

A police spokesman said they received the call but the job was more suitable for the fire service.

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6:51am Thu 6 Mar 14

qm says...

As spider quietly tippytoed across the carpet to safety thinking to himself -

"Silly boy, hiding behind the wardrobe in ambush pose - does he really think I don't know he's there?"
;)
As spider quietly tippytoed across the carpet to safety thinking to himself - "Silly boy, hiding behind the wardrobe in ambush pose - does he really think I don't know he's there?" ;) qm
  • Score: 7

7:19am Thu 6 Mar 14

tillsbills says...

No one understands to the full extent how this could be for someone. Yeah people can laugh about this and say things like 'looking for narnia' or some rubbish like that or because of the spider. But at the end of the day he was scared because he couldn't breathe which doesn't go well with being stuck in a small place. Both this article and the one mentioned before are actually quite heartless as it is clear they were put in there for a joke because of the titles and images used. But what you have to think to yourself is what you'd do if it was you, no one was answering your phone calls and not really knowing what to do in a sense of panic.
No one understands to the full extent how this could be for someone. Yeah people can laugh about this and say things like 'looking for narnia' or some rubbish like that or because of the spider. But at the end of the day he was scared because he couldn't breathe which doesn't go well with being stuck in a small place. Both this article and the one mentioned before are actually quite heartless as it is clear they were put in there for a joke because of the titles and images used. But what you have to think to yourself is what you'd do if it was you, no one was answering your phone calls and not really knowing what to do in a sense of panic. tillsbills
  • Score: -1

8:31am Thu 6 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

Well done, Anna Roberts: you've learnt to spell "Moulsecoomb" since yesterday. Maybe you should get a grown-up to check your work before submitting it in the future.
Well done, Anna Roberts: you've learnt to spell "Moulsecoomb" since yesterday. Maybe you should get a grown-up to check your work before submitting it in the future. Roundbill
  • Score: 9

8:40am Thu 6 Mar 14

Lu1234 says...

Her mother added, he is ?
Her mother added, he is ? Lu1234
  • Score: 1

8:55am Thu 6 Mar 14

Morpheus says...

I think he should give up on the leadership lessons.
I think he should give up on the leadership lessons. Morpheus
  • Score: 4

9:35am Thu 6 Mar 14

downbythesea says...

What did the Spider say? Probably hahahahahhahahahaha, silly boy!
What did the Spider say? Probably hahahahahhahahahaha, silly boy! downbythesea
  • Score: -2

10:30am Thu 6 Mar 14

brightonaire says...

Anna Roberts:
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Anna Roberts: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed, And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed: But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st, Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st, So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. brightonaire
  • Score: 1

11:20am Thu 6 Mar 14

Anna Roberts says...

Roundbill wrote:
Well done, Anna Roberts: you've learnt to spell "Moulsecoomb" since yesterday. Maybe you should get a grown-up to check your work before submitting it in the future.
Hey, I live in Moulsecoomb!
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: Well done, Anna Roberts: you've learnt to spell "Moulsecoomb" since yesterday. Maybe you should get a grown-up to check your work before submitting it in the future.[/p][/quote]Hey, I live in Moulsecoomb! Anna Roberts
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Hovite says...

It's ironic that he is studying for qualifications in "Leadership"
It's ironic that he is studying for qualifications in "Leadership" Hovite
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

..needs to diversify and read about Robert the Bruce and the spider. Might help his leadership studies!
..needs to diversify and read about Robert the Bruce and the spider. Might help his leadership studies! Tailgaters Anonymous
  • Score: -3

3:40pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Anna Roberts says...

brightonaire wrote:
Anna Roberts:
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
And... um, thanks!
[quote][p][bold]brightonaire[/bold] wrote: Anna Roberts: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed, And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed: But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st, Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st, So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.[/p][/quote]And... um, thanks! Anna Roberts
  • Score: 0

11:11pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Cory and Trevor says...

This is a desperately pathetic story. The Fire Brigade ought to charge this lily-liver for wasting their time.
This is a desperately pathetic story. The Fire Brigade ought to charge this lily-liver for wasting their time. Cory and Trevor
  • Score: -5

11:48am Fri 7 Mar 14

Fairfax Aches says...

@ "people can laugh and say things..."

Yes, that's exactly what we will do thanks!
@ "people can laugh and say things..." Yes, that's exactly what we will do thanks! Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -3

10:51pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Levent says...

I hope he puts his velcro slippers and rubber hat on when he goes out, as who knows what trouble he might end up in?
I hope he puts his velcro slippers and rubber hat on when he goes out, as who knows what trouble he might end up in? Levent
  • Score: -2

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