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Caught-short dad saved by mate’s loo roll delivery via drone

Bordering on the ridiculous: Two Scots found a novel solution to the toilet paper shortage PICTURES: SWNS

A DAD in dire straits after his hometown shops ran out of toilet roll received a helping hand from a friend who sent him some using a drone.

Hilarious sky footage shows father-of-two Russ Howey being sent the essential item across the town in Duns, Scottish Borders.

Russ, 38, appealed to friends living nearby to see if they could pop some in the post.

Fortunately, pal Scott Cullen had a few to spare and delivered two rolls to Russ’s back garden.

The delivery ensured the two Scots stuck to social distancing rules by not meeting in person.

Russ, a former crane driver now on furlough, said: ‘I just happened to go to the local shops, and it happened there wasn’t any rolls left. I went to two or three shops, and I couldn’t find anything.

‘I was speaking to a friend on the phone, and he basically said he owns a drone and he literally lives on the other side of town.

‘He was quite keen to solve the problem. He put the two rolls on a string and flew it over.

‘It was quite funny. I did wonder what would happen if a few neighbours looked up at the sky to see toilet rolls flying past.’

In deep doo-doo: Scott saved Russ by steering a loo roll-laden drone to his house

He added: ‘It was just a panic. We’re all going to have to go, so what’s plan B?

‘You don’t want to be blocking toilets with kitchen roll. What are we gonna do in this situation?

‘It’s a bizarre situation. It’s such an item that you wouldn’t think would sell out. How many times in the past has a toilet roll sold out?’

His mate Scott said: ‘I just had stuff in the house in general. I never panicked and went out and bought a load, but I had stuff.

‘I hadn’t been down the shops in the street for a few days, so I didn’t know how bad it was.

‘I sent the drone maybe three or four streets across.’

Scott said this was the first time he used his DJI Mavic Pro for deliveries, as he typically uses it to take photos of castles in the area.

On panic buying, the 36-year-old said: ‘It’s a wee bit stupid because it’s not leaving it for anyone else. It’s not considerate.’