THE quick actions of two officers and a concerned neighbour have helped save an elderly woman in Aveley who had become trapped in her bath for three days.
We received a call at 2pm on Wednesday, February 7, from a woman who was concerned her neighbour was not answering the door for post and still had her curtains closed, which were out of character.
Pc Tom Matthews and student officer Tom Currin attended and forced entry to the property off Purfleet Road and heard the woman, aged in her 80s, call for help.
Pc Matthews said: “The woman sadly has no nearby family or friends that are able to make regular visits to check on her. “When we found the woman she told us that she’d been trapped in the bath for up to three days.
“This incident is an example on why it’s essential to check on your elderly and vulnerable neighbours.
“In this case a neighbour spotted a few minor things that were out of character and she rightly called for help. We would like to praise her for taking the time to consider the welfare of an elderly person within her community.
“When we arrived we could tell that something was wrong and we had no option to force entry to the property in order to help the woman, who was quickly assessed and taken to hospital.”