Hero Officer Shows Human Side Of Policing After Lonely Elderly Couple Call 999

PC_Stu_Ockwell_3498218bPC Stu Ockwell - Credit: ITV

This hero police officer came to the rescue of a lonely elderly couple.

The 95-year-old’s rang the police because they were feeling ‘lonely’, and kind-hearted officers went over to their house for a cup of tea, the Manchester Evening News reported.

PC Stu Ockwell and a colleague went round to Fred Thomson and his wife’s house in Middleton, Greater Manchester, as he was concerned for their welfare when the elderly lady rang 999.

He told The Telegraph:

What we found was a lovely elderly couple who were caring for each other, probably finding it a bit difficult to care for each other with their ailments and their age, and that were in need of a bit of company if anything.

We spent half an hour with them, put on the kettle whilst Fred told us the stories of when he was in the war. He’s an amazing character and had us in fits of laughter and to me it made my day.


The Telegraph reported Mrs Thomson – whose first name hasn’t been disclosed – is in fairly bad health, and also cares for Mr Thomson, who’s going blind.

Mr Thomson said it was a “nice change to have somebody to talk to, somebody different to talk to”, adding:

The police are very civil sort of people anyway as you would expect. I was very pleased to know there was help available and pleased to talk to them, because sometimes you can be a bit isolated as you get older, but they made me feel at home.

PC Ockwell went on to say Mr Thomson and his wife had ‘good support from neighbours and children, who visit every other day’, but that things are getting difficult for them, adding: “What was clear is that, although it is hard, they just want to look after each other. Sometimes people struggle, especially at this time of year. The help is there, we just went to comfort them.”

The ThomsonsMr And Mrs Thomson - Credit: ITV

Christmas can be an especially lonely time of year for older and more vulnerable people.

PC Ockwell said:

If you get a call from a 95-year-old couple who are in need, whether it is a physical need or an emotional one, you respond to it.

We get a lot of flak from people complaining that there aren’t enough of us and that we waste our time on various things, but there is a human element to policing and these are the types of things that we do every day.

Too right. Well done PC Ockwell and his colleague!