Quick-thinking PCSOs help save injured elderly woman

Three quick-thinking police community support officers (PCSOs) helped save an elderly woman who was found seriously injured in her home.

May 3, 2022
By Paul Jacques
Left to right: PCSOs Joseph Cain, Lauren Butcher and Paul Wooster.

After forcing their way inside, the officers performed urgent first aid before the woman, who is in her seventies, was taken to hospital for treatment.

The PCSOs, part of the Kent Police ‘problem-solving task force’, had responded to a call from concerned neighbour in Ashford who had not seen the woman for several days and said there appeared to be post and newspapers accumulating at her front door.

Fearing the woman had come to serious harm, PCSOs Joseph Cain, Lauren Butcher and Paul Wooster forced their way inside her house. She found seriously injured in her bathroom, where she had lain for five days, said Kent Police.

“PCSO Cain went on to provide first aid, with PCSOs Butcher and Wooster completing other urgent inquiries, which included arranging an ambulance,” added the force.

“There was less than 20 minutes between the time of the original call and the moment an officer found the injured woman.”

Kent Police said the woman’s condition has since improved and partner agencies will be ensuring she is well supported in the future.

Sergeant Ben Crook, from the problem-solving task force, said: “The quick-thinking actions of our officers has meant a woman in urgent need of care and support has got the help she needs, and I commend them for their efforts. It’s really pleasing to hear her condition is improving.”

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