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Leaflet recall after donkey error
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Hundreds of leaflets have been scrapped after the donkey mix-up
Scotland's fire services have scrapped hundreds of leaflets after a mistake urged members of the public to jump on a donkey when fleeing a house fire.

The leaflet by the Scottish Executive for the eight fire and rescue services was aimed at Urdu readers.

The advice was that anyone leaving a burning building from a window should lower themselves on to cushions.

However, the authors got the Urdu word for cushion mixed up with another very similar Urdu word for donkey.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said it was grateful that the misspelling had been brought to its attention.

The spokesman said it was clear within the context of the sentence that it was a mistake.

The leaflet has now been withdrawn and will be reprinted.


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