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Grandmother left dangling 7ft upside down after getting stuck in shop’s shutters

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A grandmother was left dangling upside down after her coat got caught in a shop’s security shutters.

Anne Hughes, 71, was seen on CCTV being lifted 7ft into the air outside a convenience store in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

She has been dubbed “SuperAnne” in her home village in Wales and said the incident “could only happen to me”.

Anne Hughes’ coat got stuck in the shutters. Pic: Kennedy News and Media

Speaking at her home near the Best One shop in Tonteg, near Pontypridd, Ms Hughes said her thought at the time was “flipping heck”.

“It’s just lucky I’ve got a good sense of humour,” she said.

The store shared the clip on its social media and it has been watched nearly two million times.

Ms Hughes was standing outside the store, where she works as a cleaner, waiting for it to open when the electric shutters were raised and her coat got stuck.

Footage showed her dangling upside down before a shopkeeper rescued her by holding her in his arms as the shutter was slowly lowered.

She said: “I’ve been suffering falls for the past six months or so and the doctors at the hospital think it’s from low blood pressure – it was going up then.”

A shopkeeper rushes out to help Ms Hughes. Pic: Kennedy News and Media
A shopkeeper rushed out to help Ms Hughes. Pic: Kennedy News and Media

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“I’m learning to live with the fame. I’ll never hear the end of it,” Ms Hughes added.

“The shutter was completely open, then I screamed his [the shopkeeper’s] name, and thank goodness he came out and lowered the shutter a little bit and managed to get me in his arms.

“And I just can remember saying to him ‘just grab my head’ – I was worried I was going to fall, I was pointing towards the floor.”

But while Ms Hughes says she was shaken up by the incident, she was not injured.

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