Driver's dogs manage to lock themselves and the keys inside lorry cab

The burning question ‘who let the dogs out?’ was emphatically answered by a Devon mechanic this morning after he freed two hounds which had incredibly managed to lock themselves – with the keys – inside a lorry cab. A customer had driven into the yard at Western Truck Rental in Barnstaple and nipped out to collect some parts, leaving his lorry at the entrance with the two dogs inside.

Martin Lock with one of the dogs

It was then that the mischievous mutts managed to push to button to lock all doors – leaving the lorry blocking the way into the yard. Step forward aptly-named mechanic Martin Lock, who used a small airbag to prize the door open and then a rod to open the door handle to release the hounds and allow one very relieved driver to move his lorry.

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“My reaction was just ‘wow’!” said the 28-year-old Martin from Cullompton.

“You couldn’t write this stuff.

Driver's dogs manage to lock themselves and the keys inside lorry cab‘You couldn’t write this stuff’

“I had to use a little airbag to prize the door open, then a long rod to open the door handle. The trouble was that the dogs were having a great time playing with the rods, so that made it quite fun. “The lorry was blocking everything trying to get into the yard too – it was there for about 15 minutes.”

Martin said it was not the first time he has had to gain access to a vehicle in this way.

However, he said it was the first time he had seen a couple of dogs being the cause of the chaos.

Driver's dogs manage to lock themselves and the keys inside lorry cabMartin used a small airbag to prize the door open

“I’ve never seen it before,” he said.

“Usually it is down to a snapped key in the lock, so that is definitely a new one for me.”

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