Es­ca­la­tor ‘prank’ leaves gran with hor­rific in­juries

Stockport Express - - News - BETH AB­BIT beth.ab­bit@men­ @BethAb­bitMEN

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

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