Tyne & Wear

Sunderland woman, 92, gets police 'stair lift'

Police had to carry a 92-year-old woman up to her 14th floor home after lifts in a Sunderland tower block failed.

The officers were called to the flats in High Street East in the early hours by the woman's son after she was stranded in the lobby.

Both sets of lifts were out of order following a power cut.

Housing association Gentoo said it had notified people with mobility problems and worked with other agencies to arrange alternative solutions.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Strictly speaking this doesn't fall under the normal duties of a police officer.

"However, the officers who attended didn't want to leave the elderly woman stranded for any longer, and we're pleased that we were able to help her back to the comfort of her own home."

Alan Duffy from Gentoo said that the power cut had been rectified by the electricity company by about 21:00 BST, but engineers were unable to get the lifts fixed that evening.

He added: "Customers with mobility issues were notified of the situation and we worked with other agencies to arrange alternative solutions to ensure minimum disruption."

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