Two kind-hearted teenagers have been praised by West Midlands Police after caring for a lost dementia sufferer they stumbled across in the early hours of the morning.
Hannah Wells and Maisie Clarke spotted the 90-year-old man - who appeared to be confused and distressed - in Warwick Road, Coventry, just after midnight on 10 August.
The 17-year-olds offered the man a coat to keep warm, called police and stayed with him until officers arrived.
Officers were able to identify the disorientated pensioner as having recently gone missing from a care home and safely returned him.
The two teenagers have been thanked for their actions to ensure the man was unharmed - and showing how the public and police can work together to help the most vulnerable.
Recalling the early morning encounter Hannah - a student at Warwickshire College - said: "It was just after 12.30am and we were walking back from a friend’s house; we saw someone standing by the road and we were initially apprehensive, given the time of the day and the fact it was dark.
"But as we went to walk past we saw it was a frail man who said ’I need your help, I am lost.’ He was cold so I gave him a coat to keep warm and we tried to put him at ease.
"Maisie called the police who arrived really quickly. We are proud of ourselves; but if you see someone struggling it is just natural to want to help them."
Maisie added: "We were concerned he was going to try and cross the road and could get hurt, so there was no way we were going to leave him. We are just pleased he was able to go back home safely."
Chief Superintendent Danny Long, said: "This was an outstanding act of kindness by Hannah and Maisie to help someone who is extremely vulnerable; it highlights how important the public are in helping us ensure the safety and well-being of others.
"It would have been easy to simply walk on by and forget all about it but the girls realised the man was in distress and were determined to help out. They should be immensely proud of their actions… it has been fantastic to meet them in person to thank them."
Photo L-R: Chief Superintendent Danny Long, Maisie Clarke and Hannah Wells
He has struck a chord with the Coventry community for more than two decades - but PC Barney Barnes is now hanging up his hat.
The popular officer has been a regular sight on the streets of Hillfields for over 25 years - receiving an MBE for his dedication to neighbourhood policing in 2008.
Now at the age of 66 - and following a recent knee operation - the fondly known Sheriff of Hillfields has decided it is time to enjoy retirement.
However, it will not be the end of Barney’s association with the force; as he will continue as musical director of the highly regarded West Midlands Police Brass Band.
Grandfather-of-two Barney joined West Midlands Police in 1990 after 25 years touring the world with the military.
His familiar face has proved to hit the right note with the public - with reformed offenders even taking the time to come over and shake his hand.
Barney’s passion for protecting the community has been matched by his joy of music in his spare time.
He was initially a drummer before becoming a musical director - going on to conduct hundreds of shows with the WMP band and a separate military one from his army days.
One of the more memorable occasions was during a performance at a Birmingham shopping centre - which ended in the arrest of a robber.
A lad being pursued by police jumped from a balcony in the middle of the stage. As band members dropped their instruments to arrest him, Barney helped carry on the show in front of a large audience.
Barney, who will spend the extra time with family and enjoying hobbies, will be the guest of honour at a celebration to mark his time with the force this month.
Barney, who is from Coventry, said: “Hopefully I will see former colleagues and even some faces I know from around Hillfields at future concerts. It has been a pleasure to be associated with the force and the community for all these years."
We have charged two men with the murder of Coventry man Liam McGerrigan who died from a stab wound to the chest on Thursday 9 June.
Joseph Johnson, aged 25 of no fixed address, and Michael Bullingham, aged 33 from Banner Lane, Coventry, and both unemployed, will appear before Birmingham magistrates today (Tuesday 14 June).
Mr McGerrigan was found just after 10pm at an address in Holyhead Road, where it is believed the 27-year-old had staggered after being fatally wounded in the street.
His family have issued the following tribute:
"When did silence become so painful? Our loss of such a kind warm sensitive soul taken from us in such a senseless manner has devastated us all.
"Amongst our tears.... we find your beautiful smile Liam.
"Loving parents Paul and Linda, devoted Step mom Sue, distraught siblings and soul mates Kieran and Sinead who’s worlds have changed forever.
"Hugs and kisses to all affected by the loss of our Liam."
Anyone with information to assist the enquiry is asked to call West Midlands Police Force CID in Harborne on the 101 number, or alternatively speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
We have a cordon in Paradise Street this afternoon after what's believed to be a World War II bomb was found on a construction site.