POLEGATE: Elderly fall victim found one week on

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A 90-YEAR-OLD lady who fell in her home and was unable to get up for almost a week was rescued by quick-thinking police community support officers (PCSOs).

The elderly woman had suffered the fall at her home in Polegate and was saved by two Wealden PCSOs who noticed something was wrong on May 20.

PCSO Ali Beaden and PCSO Simon French were delivering leaflets, advertising a quality streets initiative which was due to take place in a nearby road, when they became concerned about the milk bottles and post which had mounted up at the pensioner’s property.

PCSO Beaden called the milk delivery company to see how often milk is delivered in an attempt to find out how long the bottles had been left.

After realising the milk had been left for almost a week and neighbours had not seen the lady for a while, they called for assistance so the door could be forced.

Officers broke into the property and found the elderly lady on the floor leaning against a door and in a great deal of distress. She is believed to have been on the floor for at least five days with nothing to eat or drink and was dehydrated as a result.

An ambulance was called to her home and she was taken to Eastbourne DGH. The lady has now been in hospital for around ten days and has made good progress. She is now said to be in a comfortable state.

Wealden District Commander Dick Coates said, “I am immensely proud of the quick thinking of my officers.

“This is another reason why we believe so strongly in neighbourhood policing. Forging links within the community ensures we can make Wealden a safer place to live.”

Dick Coates also offered advice following the PCSOs’ life-saving actions.

He said, “I would urge friends and neighbours to check on the elderly and vulnerable, especially if you haven’t seen them for a couple of days.”