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Aldershot police help vulnerable elderly man forced to leave self isolation to buy food

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Aldershot police help vulnerable elderly  man forced to leave self isolation to buy food

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:33am 30th March 2020. (Updated at 6:40am 30th March 2020)

Aldershot Police are appealing to the public to get in touch if there any vulnerable people needing help during the coronavirus lockdown.

It is after officers came across an elderly man called Dave on Saturday (28 Marc) who had been forced to leave self isolation at home for the shops when he ran out of food).

They spotted him trying to make his way to a supermarket in the town, being helped by a member of the public getting his trolley across the road.

The officers spoke to him and found out he has no family or friends in the area and has lived alone since his wife died in 2014.

Dave was also not aware of any support available.

The police ended up doing his shopping and taking him safely home.

Aldershot Police's Facebook post says that they will "ensure that in future he has the help an support he needs so he can keep himself safe and isolated during this difficult time."

They said Dave was happy for them to share the story - and that if anyone knows of people in the community who needs  help, to contact them:

"If you are aware of anybody else who is in David’s position please let us know, we are not just here to enforce the law, we are here to help our community especially the most vulnerable during this difficult time.

"Take care and keep staying safe."