Fifty Shades of Grey handcuff rescue speculation 'unhelpful' says Herts Fire Service
PUBLISHED: 16:27 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:55 12 February 2015
Fire chiefs in Hertfordshire refuse to say if they expect a hike in kinky handcuff-related calls - despite a neighbouring service saying it expects the Fifty Shades of Grey film to spark more.
This morning (Thursday) the London Fire Brigade said it was “concerned” that the release of the film tomorrow would create a spike in calls.
But Hertfordshire’s fire chief declined to echo the fears.
Since April last year, the county’s firefighters have been called to free people from handcuffs twice – once in Baldock and once in St Albans.
And crews were called twice in November 2012 to free amorous couples in Welwyn Garden City at Hatfield.
That compares to 28 incidents in the capital.
Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “The Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service deals with many incidents on a regular basis that threaten the safety of people living and travelling through Hertfordshire.
“Any suggestion that there is an increase in any particular type of incident following a film release is purely speculative and unhelpful.
“Anyone needing assistance should contact the emergency services in the normal way and the appropriate level of help will be provided.”
In December cinema chiefs at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, removed a poster advertising the film following a complaint.