Europe

German DIY enthusiast walls himself into cellar

A DIY enthusiast in Gumperda, eastern Germany, walled himself into his own cellar, but managed to drill his way out - through a neighbour's wall.

The unnamed pensioner, 64, went into the cellar with bricks and mortar, as well as food and drink, and ended up being trapped there all weekend.

It is unclear why he wanted to block up the entrance.

"He was on the wrong side of the wall when his work was finished," local police said in a statement.

After spending the weekend immured underground, the man went into action on Monday, attacking his neighbours' firewall with a hammer drill.

The neighbours, with whom the man had already been quarrelling for months, called the police when they heard the loud drilling.

When he finally broke through to the other side and saw his neighbours, the pensioner began insulting them, German media reported.

Police officers were also waiting for the DIY enthusiast and he is now under investigation for criminal damage and trespassing.