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Teenager admits to fear of crumpets: 'I have a strong urge to flee'

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A teenage girl from Yorkshire has opened up about her fear of crumpets.

Stefani Ingamells of Scarborough suffers from trypophobia, a fear of holes, which leaves her crippled with terror at the sight of the traditional English snack.

"If I was forced to look at one for any length of time I think I would be sick," the 19-year-old told The Sun. "My first reaction is always to destroy the crumpet. But then I have a strong urge to run away.

"The other day I saw a group of straws pointing upwards and I was terrified. I also hate Crunchies because of the holes in the honeycomb. But my biggest fear has always been crumpets."

She added: "I looked up 'fear' and 'crumpets' on the internet. I found lots of forums and support groups full of other people with trypophobia. We all have a fear of small clusters of holes."

Recalling the moment when her phobia originally struck, Ingamells said: "My first memory of them was when I was 5. My mum gave me one for breakfast and I just screamed."

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