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Runaway scooter carries away pensioner


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An 87-year-old woman had to be rescued by police in Cornwall after her mobility scooter sped out of control.

Eileen Bishop and her husband, Anthony, from Perranporth, Cornwall, were on their way to their local church when she “disappeared off the radar”.

Police later found her heading along the A3075 towards Newquay, five miles from the couple’s home.

Mr Bishop said that the incident began when he and his wife set off for the nearby St Michael’s church, after setting the scooter to three-quarters speed.

“Suddenly she passed me at full tilt,” he said. “I shouted after her, but she is a bit deaf. I couldn’t chase her as I have had a triple heart bypass.

Mr Bishop and a neighbour then searched for his wife, before reporting her missing to the police. “She just disappeared off the radar,” he said. “I was just about in tears.”

Police officers later found Mrs Bishop after a motorist reported a mobility scooter “swerving” across the road near Pendown Cross, five miles away.

Mrs Bishop said that she was not sure how she became separated from her husband.

“I just lost him,” she said. “I was half asleep to tell you the truth.”

Michael Ginnelly, a police community support officer, rode the scooter back to Mr and Mrs Bishops’ home. Although the return journey took an hour, Mr Ginnelly said that it appeared to be working correctly.

He said: “I think Mrs Bishop just gripped the controls and went too fast and held on for dear life.”

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April 4, 2009 - Posted by | Entertainement, Funny, People

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