Man impales knee on railings

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By Cara Sulieman

SATURDAY night ended badly for a man who impaled his knee on a railing and had to be freed by firefighters.

It is thought the 40-year-old was trying to get over the fence into Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh when he slipped, impaling his knee on a spike.

The ambulance service were called out at 1.25am on Sunday to tend to the man but he had to be cut free from the bars before being taken to the city’s Royal Infirmary.

A fire engine arrived at 1.39am and used their cutting gear to free the hapless man from the railings.

“Never a good idea”

As well as an ambulance, a trauma team from the Infirmary were sent to oversee the operation.

After just under an hour of cutting through the wrought iron bars, the man was rushed to hospital where he was still receiving treatment for his injuries yesterday.

A member of the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue control and command team warned: “It is never a good idea to climb over railings.”

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