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Steve Coogan forced to sleep in car on Lakes trip after Storm Desmond landslide

Actor and comedian Steve Coogan has described how he spent the night in his car stuck between two landslides in the aftermath of Storm Desmond.

Coogan was driving near Thirlmere lake during a trip to Coniston in Cumbria when he became trapped.

With no signal on his phone he was forced to sleep in his car - with just his dog for company.

He told BBC Breakfast: "I went down the back of Thirlmere lake and got stuck on a landslide there. I was trying to drive past it in this four wheel drive because the other roads were blocked.

"And I got stuck at midnight and there was no signal on my phone and I had to spend the night there."

"Fortunately I had my dog with me, so he kept me company", he added. " And I'd been to the shops, so I survived 'Bear Grylls' style on nuts and berries - but I bought them at Marks and Spencer."

The Alan Partridge star later managed to get signal and call a friend for help, but the rescue was slowed when his friend's vehicle also became stuck.

Coogan said: "We had to dig him out, and then he tied a rope around my car and pulled me out, and then we escaped."

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