Police encourage residents to be a good neighbour during the cold snap

People in the Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge and Buxton rural areas are being asked to show some community spirit and look out for their neighbours during the cold weather.

Older or more vulnerable residents are particularly at risk as they may find it more difficult to get out of the house for essential supplies and medication due to the slippery footpaths.

Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams have been targeting their patrols during the severe weather to more vulnerable and elderly members of the community.

They have been visiting elderly residents to make sure they are coping well during the cold spell, offering advice and referring them to partnership agencies if further help was needed.

Team Sergeant Tim Barlow said: “We have been delighted at the level of community spirit shown by friends a! nd neighbours so far. However, it is always worth reminding everyone to look out for neighbours that they know to be frail or vulnerable during these severe cold snaps.

“Unfortunately during the last few days several elderly persons have been rescued by the police, having fallen indoors and unable to raise the alarm themselves for assistance.”

He added: “If you have any concerns regarding a vulnerable neighbour and you are unable to make contact yourself please seek the assistance of your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team.”

You can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling Derbyshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number on 0345 123 33 33. In emergencies you should always dial 999.