Escalator ‘prank’ leaves gran with horrific injuries
A79-YEAR-OLD gran was left with horrific injuries after plummeting down a supermarket escalator when a ‘prank’ went horribly wrong.
The pensioner broke both arms, needed 15 stitches to her forehead and suffered multiple cuts and bruises after the emergency stop button was pressed at Stockport town centre’s Asda store.
Detectives have described the incident as a ‘prank gone wrong’ and hope to speak to two teenage girls who were seen in the Warren Street supermarket at the time.
The elderly woman’s daughter has described how her mother went ‘flying down’ from the top and revealed she is now awaiting operations on her broken arms. She has asked the public to help identify the girls.
In a public post on her Facebook page, she said: “Hi can anybody help me?
“At about 6.30 on Friday the 18th December my 79-year-old mum was coming down the escalator in Asda Stockport when two girls believed to be in their high teens decided to hit the emergency stop button sending my mum flying down the escalator from the top.
“She has been left with two broken arms which need operations to fix, 15 stitches in her face and stitches to her legs plus multiple bruises. Please find some Christmas spirit and help me find the people that did this to my mum. Thank you x.”
Asda staff rushed to help the pensioner when she fell and stayed with her until paramedics arrived. A store spokesman said: “We are working very closely with police on the tragic incident.”
The incident has shocked readers who have taken to Facebook to show their support.
Denise Paton said: “Bloody idiots. Wonder if they’d find it funny if someone did that to their gran.”
David McGarvey added: “They probably didn’t mean to hurt anybody But their stupid behaviour has caused a lot of pain and suffering to a elderly lady They need to be punished in some way definitely”
Det Sgt Geoff Machent said: “We believe two women in their late teens were seen near to the emergency stop button at the time it was stopped and I would ask them to come forward.
“We think this may have been a prank that has gone wrong, leaving an elderly woman in hospital.”
Anyone with information can call police on 0161 856 9747 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
The incident took place at Asda’s Stockport store