BBC – Margate cleaner trapped in lift for two days

A cleaner trapped in a lift for two days was only found after she was reported missing.

The woman in her 50’s, who has not been named, got trapped at Margate Adult Education Centre in Kent after the building closed last Friday.

She was reported missing at 12:45 BST on Sunday and police found her at the council building.

Officers were able to open the lift and free her. She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Kent County Council (KCC) said it was contacted on Tuesday by Kier Facilities Management, which cleans and maintains the building, with a report that a member of its staff had been trapped in the lift.

More information located on the BBCs website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-48212853

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