Elderly woman, 84, 'forced to eat from bin to survive' after food delivery snatched from her doorstep

Harriet Brewis
PCs Matt Hodges and Pat Peltier came to Elizabeth's aid after she was left scrounging for food in her own home: Met Police/Facebook

A London pensioner was left trapped in her home and starving after her food delivery was stolen by a “callous individual,” police have said.

The 84-year-old victim, named only as Elizabeth, lives in Feltham, west London with no family or friends nearby. Forced to fend for herself, she ordered vital supplies online.

However, she was unable to receive her delivery after accidentally locking herself inside her house with no means of leaving.

“A callous individual took advantage of the situation and stole the food from the pensioner's front door step, leaving her with nothing,” Met Police said in a Facebook post.

Officers were called to Elizabeth’s aid following reports she had been “imprisoned in her own home" and was "unable to collect her only supply of food".

On arrival, PCs Matt Hodges and Pat Peltier saw that the 84-year-old’s fridge had “literally no food” in it and heard that she had resorted to eating out of the rubbish bin to survive.

The pair immediately decamped to the local shops to buy food, drinks, toiletries and other key items to make her feel more comfortable, the statement added.

It ended: "This is a remarkable example of what lengths our officers will go to, to protect local residents during this very challenging time."

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