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Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 08:28 GMT 09:28 UK
Sandy escapes Big Brother house
The Scot had complained of being bored
Big Brother contestant Sandy Cumming has escaped the house in which he and nine other contestants are locked as part of Channel 4's reality TV show.

The 43-year-old had agreed to depart the house at 1900 BST on Tuesday after complaining for days of being bored.


I'm not getting anything out of it... it's come to the end for me

Sandy Cumming
But early on Wednesday morning he climbed on the roof and said he did not want to remain on the programme any longer.

Concerned for his safety, producers of the programme persuaded him to climb down and leave via the back door.

A spokesman for Big Brother said: "He is now with the production team, while we decide what to do with him."

The show's bosses now face the option of whether or not to replace him.

Trainee barrister Sunita Sharma, 25, was the first British contestant to voluntarily leave the show when she walked out of the house nearly two weeks ago.

Sandy's confession

Mr Cumming, a personal shopper who describes himself as "going on 16", had won a place on the "rich" side of the house this week but had several conversations with Big Brother about leaving.


I don't know what the reaction of his housemates will be

Big Brother spokeswoman
The Scottish-born Londoner told housemate Alex Sibley at 1930 BST on Tuesday night that he had made up his mind.

"I went and saw Big Brother, I'm going. It's nothing to do with the guys in here, it's me," he said.

"I'm not getting anything out of it. As far as I'm concerned it's come to the end for me.

"I would have preferred to go out through the front door but I'm not going to punish myself."

Cup fever

But Sandy's departure was not the only big event of the morning, with the housemates allowed to watch 25 minutes of the England v Nigeria World Cup match.

The girls had earnt one minute per "keepy-up" in a task, kicking a ball in the air without letting it touch the ground.

After 25 minutes of the tense but unentertaining match, the screen went blank and the tired-looking contestants returned to bed.

Spencer Smith
Spencer Smith awoke the housemates to watch the match
The Big Brother spokeswoman said of Mr Cumming's departure: "At this stage we don't really know why he took this course of action.

"He said yesterday he was going, so whether this was a bit of fun, or whether he really couldn't take any more is unclear.

"I don't know what the reaction of his housemates will be - I understand some were still asleep when he made his break for freedom."

Meanwhile, contestants Jonny Regan and Lee Davey were coming to terms with being nominated for eviction.

Official bookmaker Ladbrokes makes Lee the 1-4 favourite to be evicted on Friday with Jonny at 11-4.

Spencer Smith remains the favourite to win the competition at 11/10, although Alex's odds have narrowed from 50/1 to 7/1, according to bookmakers William Hill.

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