SHOPPERS were forced to evacuate Next in Didcot earlier today while fighfighters rescued a pigeon trapped in netting above the store's entrance.

Pictures shared with the Oxford Mail show firefighters and security guards had put up a cordon around the Orchard Centre shop at around midday, with a ladder then used to reach the caught bird.

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The Oxford Times:

A resident said: "There must have been six firefighters and a couple of security guards. They cordoned off the whole area around Next so they could get it down.

"It was sad to see the bird trapped but it was a big reaction for one pigeon at a time when we are told budgets are squeezed and taxpayers are being asked for more and more money to fund services."

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The Oxford Times:

Another shopper, sharing the incident on social media, said she believed at least three birds had become trapped in 'anti-pigeon netting' above the clothes store.

The Oxford Times: