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Dog freed after two days in hole

Stan the dog with owner Matt Hayes
Stan became trapped in the hole during a walk on Sunday afternoon

A Jack Russell dog which was stuck down a hole in a Kent quarry for two days has been rescued by fire services.

The dog, Stan, became trapped 30ft (9.1m) down the hole on Sunday afternoon at Quarry Wood Nature Reserve in West Farleigh, near Maidstone.

Specialist teams located Stan using a "snake eye" camera and brought digging equipment to try to reach him but had to abandon the job until Monday.

Stan was finally reunited with his owner shortly after 1230 BST.

Fire station manager Greg Theophanides said: "We managed to locate Stan last night but he'd got himself well and truly stuck which is why we had to start again this morning."

Stan's owner Matt Hayes said he had been concerned that he might not be released and added it was "brilliant" that he was out.

"Stan seems quite unshaken by the ordeal and was soon sniffing round other holes so I got him on the lead quickly," he said.

Stan was reunited with his relieved owners after the rescue

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