Trowbridge 93-year-old stuck in bath for a day is saved by neighbour's action

Sgt Jim Suter

Sgt Jim Suter

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Police have praised a neighbour’s actions after they rescued a 93-year-old Trowbridge man who was left stuck in his bath for more than a day.

Officers had to break into the house in Boundary Walk, at 4.30pm on Saturday, where they found the frail man stuck in his bath after a number of failed attempts to get out.

A neighbour called the police after noticing the man’s curtains hadn’t been opened and his post was sticking out of his front door.

PC Amy Hardman and PCSO Vicky Huntley, based at Trowbridge Police Station, went to the man’s house and after failing to get an answer, when they knocked on the door, they called for an armed response officer to force entry to the property.

They found the man sitting naked in a drained bath. They helped him out, covered him with blankets and called for an ambulance who took him to Royal United Hospital, Bath, where he remains under precautionary observations.

PC Amy Hardman said: “The difficulty that his neighbours had was that the gentleman tends to keep himself to himself anyway so they weren’t sure if anything was wrong or not. We made enquiries with hospitals and the man’s family and decided to force entry.

“The man was a bit shocked that there were police officers in his house and had accepted that he’d got stuck and couldn’t get out.

"We are grateful that the neighbour was vigilant as I have no doubt we’d have been attending a death a few days down the line otherwise.”

The neighbour didn’t want to be named but said: “I’d got very concerned for his wellbeing and did what anyone would have done in those circumstances. I’m just glad he’s okay.”

Sgt Jim Suter called on more people in the town to be vigilant of their elderly and vulnerable neighbours.

He said: “This is a perfect example of neighbours looking out for each other. I’d ask for everyone who lives near people, who might be considered to be vulnerable, to keep an eye out for them whenever possible.”

Boundary Walk is in Wiltshire and Trowbridge Town Councillor Jeff Osborn’s ward and he was full of praise for the observant neighbour.

Cllr Osborn said: “I think this shows the great community spirit with have and I’d ask everyone to keep an eye out for your frail neighbours.”

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4:43pm Fri 14 Mar 14

redrum says...

Poor man, thank goodness we still have some community minded people who watch out for our vulnerable population.
Poor man, thank goodness we still have some community minded people who watch out for our vulnerable population. redrum
  • Score: 10

11:27pm Fri 14 Mar 14

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

redrum wrote:
Poor man, thank goodness we still have some community minded people who watch out for our vulnerable population.
not many.
it was alleged even the subject kept himself to himself such that there was doubt about reporting and reluctance to be named.
A far from perfect example as claimed by sgt.
[quote][p][bold]redrum[/bold] wrote: Poor man, thank goodness we still have some community minded people who watch out for our vulnerable population.[/p][/quote]not many. it was alleged even the subject kept himself to himself such that there was doubt about reporting and reluctance to be named. A far from perfect example as claimed by sgt. The.Central.Scrutinizer
  • Score: -8

7:08am Sat 15 Mar 14

he of one braincell says...

With the way some people feel it’s acceptable to launch in & insult or ‘slate’ others on here, just as an example, are you surprised some prefer to be low key. In some communities / roads, those of us that are community minded are labelled with all sorts of names. It seems anonymous ‘trolling’ is widely acceptable to some. I’m glad I live in the community I do, all neighbours look out for each other. Look how many of us use false names on here.
With the way some people feel it’s acceptable to launch in & insult or ‘slate’ others on here, just as an example, are you surprised some prefer to be low key. In some communities / roads, those of us that are community minded are labelled with all sorts of names. It seems anonymous ‘trolling’ is widely acceptable to some. I’m glad I live in the community I do, all neighbours look out for each other. Look how many of us use false names on here. he of one braincell
  • Score: 8

9:19pm Sat 15 Mar 14

frankie007 says...

My name's not false.
My name's not false. frankie007
  • Score: -5

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