Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade have rescued 17 people in the last year who are too large to move on their own.

The figures, obtained by a Freedom of Information Request to the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, have shown the number of such rescues, known as Bariatric rescues, has remained high over the years.

Reported by The Sheilds Gazette. You can read the full story here. 

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