A teenager found entangled in bell-ringing ropes 40ft above the ground had to be rescued by fire crews.
Firefighters found the 17-year-old suspended mid-air inside the belfry of St Helen’s Church in Abingdon at 7pm on Friday.
Crews used a rope rescue system to reach the bell-ringer who had suffered a number of injuries from the ropes.
He was lowered to the floor on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
Station manager Paul Webster said “it was an unusual incident” for the firefighters.
“Due to the steepness of the spiral staircase to the bell ringing room, there was not the option to carry the casualty out of the church on a stretcher,” he added.