Injured pensioner's calls for aid in Bedford street ignored

Heartless passers-by have been branded bad Samaritans after nobody stopped to help an 83-year-old woman who was left with two black eyes and a broken nose after falling in the street.

Thursday, 18th August 2016, 9:16 am
Updated Thursday, 18th August 2016, 10:20 am

Helpless Joan Veysey called to people on Rope Walk for aid after she tripped on uneven pavement.

Left in the middle of the street for almost 10 minutes, Joan suffered a broken nose and two severely bruised eye sockets.

Eventually, she picked herself up and struggled to reach a neighbour’s house, from where she was taken to hospital.

“We are hurt, angry and disgusted,” said Joan’s daughter, Dena Martindale.

“Falling is quite an ordeal for someone of any age, but the fact that nobody helped her has sickened the family.

“Thank goodness my mother is determined and strong-willed and managed to find her own help.”

Dena said her mum is usually steady on her feet and regularly makes short trips around the St John’s Street area of Bedford despite being diagnosed with bowel cancer last October.

Dena continued: “A frail and injured person is not a threat to anyone and the majority of us carry a mobile phone, so why didn’t someone call for help?”

Joanne Martindale, Joan’s youngest daughter, added: “If we found ourselves in the same situation we would have pulled over or parked somewhere and gone to help. “We hope that others don’t experience the same treatment, we’re disgusted with the people of Bedford.”