POLICE staff clubbed together to buy new clothes for a vulnerable elderly man after officers conducting a welfare check found him injured and in urgent need of help.
West Midlands Police said Francis Tracey contacted social services, but his partial deafness meant he was unable to tell them what was wrong.
Police officers John King and Rebecca Crowley visited Mr Tracey’s home in Stechford in east Birmingham where they discovered the resident in total darkness, with no heating or food, and wearing tattered clothes.
He also had a badly infected hand wound.
Officers said Mr Tracey’s plight prompted their colleagues to join them in chipping in money to buy the elderly man a new outfit, boots and a coat while he is recovering in hospital.
Cops in Birmingham also extended the hand of friendship to a pensioner last month who was living and isolated life after the death of his beloved wife.
The elderly man was living in an empty house after his deceased wife’s family stripped his home bare of his belongings – right down to his TV.
The unnamed man’s plight soon caught the attention of Birmingham neighbourhood officers WPC Rogers and PC Greaves.
The pair immediately took it upon themselves to ensure he was given a few basic comforts and some much needed care.
The caring cops turned up on his doorstep in Ladywood, armed with a bag of shopping and a brand new television, microwave and toaster.
The elderly man was so taken aback with their kindness, he wept into the arms of one of the officers.
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The home appliances were brought to the man with the help of the charity Trident Reach, who were contacted by the kind-hearted officers.
On arrival, the duo put the kettle on to make him tea with some hot buttered toast, before installing his new TV.
Heartwarming pictures from their visit show one of the officers affectionately holding the gentleman’s hand as they watched a show together, with another image showing the elderly man being taught how to use his new remote control.