Adur and Worthing police officers offer own money to help vulnerable elderly woman

Police officers have gone above and beyond to help a vulnerable elderly woman, walking in the street 'without proper clothing', in the Salvington area of Worthing.

More than a thousand people have reacted to Facebook post, shared by Adur and Worthing Police on Sunday evening (November 14).

The post read: "We were called by a concerned member of the public today and found an elderly woman walking in the street and without proper clothing.

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"After finding her we took her home and found it to be in a very poor state with no food and no proper furnishings.

More than a thousand people have reacted to Facebook post, shared by Adur and Worthing Police

"While calling social services to get further support put in place, officers went out to get food for the lady with officers and even the control room staff offering their own money to get her something.

"After getting some food and updating social services we were able to leave her in a better state than before and with a jam tart assortment."

Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, district commander for Adur, Worthing and Horsham, said she is 'immensely proud' of the officers who responded to the call and 'identified the need to take immediate action'.

She added: "Through their care, compassion and humility, they were able to get the help this woman so desperately needed, and we wish her the very best.

“This is just one example of our officers going above and beyond the call of duty to protect the communities they live and work in. I’d like to commend them, as well as the individual who reported it, for their quick-thinking.”

Dozens of people have praised the officers involved for their kind actions, whilst others have offered to make donations.

One Facebook user wrote: "What wonderful police officers you all must be for finding the lady in distress, then for doing all of the things you did."

Another added: "Not all heroes wear capes."