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Boothtown burglary suspect falls down old well

Old well
Image caption The man was trapped for two and a half hours in the old well next to St Thomas' Church in Boothtown

A suspected burglar has been rescued after being trapped down an old well next to a Halifax churchyard.

The man fell 30ft (9m) down the well after vaulting a wall at St Thomas' Church in Claremount Road, Boothtown, West Yorkshire Police said.

Firefighters and paramedics were called out after the man raised the alarm on a mobile phone at 0515 BST on Sunday.

Police had earlier been called to a house in nearby Bell Street, Boothtown, to reports of a burglary.

The suspect was finally brought out of the well at 0745 BST and arrested before being taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, police said.

He complained of back injuries, but the extent of his injuries is not yet known.

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