A couple in their 90s who called the police because they were lonely were rewarded with a visit by a neighbourhood bobby.

The officer popped round to their home for a “brew and a chat”.

The story was shared by Greater Manchester Police’s Heywood and Middleton page on Facebook and reiterated on Twitter.

Pc Stu Ockwell told the Manchester Evening News the woman who called struggles to look after her husband who is blind and made the call out of desperation.

“She isn’t very well herself. I went down to see them and had a cup of tea with them. They were telling me war stories.”

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In a follow up message on Facebook, GMP wrote “By all accounts the neighbours are fantastic and call in at all hours of the day too.”

Many people took to social media to praise the force and suggest groups and charities which would be happy to help the couple.

But others questioned if it was for the police to respond to such issues.

Pc Ockwell said: “We’ve had some flack over it but they’re a 95-year-old couple who wanted some help. We attended over a concern for their welfare.”