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Door latch broken, clothes stuck inside!!

Hi there, I have a zanussi (I think it's a FL 413) and the door latch has broken (the plastic handle has cracked) but my clothes are stuck inside! Is there a way to get them out in the meantime before I have the latch/handle replaced? (I've taken the lid off and fished around, but to no avail)Please help!

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    plastic catch on door release mechanism broken, door will not stay shut

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Not that easy. best way to try is to chew away as much of the handle as possible till the door peg is in view then prise open with a small screwdriver. you can sometimes reach down the inside the machine from the top and feel for the tip of the peg and do it that way

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