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Touching moment policeman helps elderly man carry heavy shopping goes viral

The picture has been shared thousands of times across social media. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A police officer has won a legion of fans after a picture of him helping an elderly man with his shopping went viral.

A passer-by took a picture of PC Chris Stevens walking the pensioner home in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire earlier this week.

The elderly man had caught the wrong bus and after finding him leaning against a wall, PC Stevens offered to carry his shopping and walk him home.

The heartwarming picture has since been shared thousands of times across social media, with the officer earning widespread praise for his actions.

PC Chris Stevens's actions have been hailed since the picture went viral. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Describing the moment he offered to assist the man, PC Stevens said:

I saw the gentleman leaning up against a wall, so went over to ask if he was alright.

He said he'd been into town shopping but got on the wrong bus and was struggling to get home. So I asked if he wanted some help.

He said that would be good, so I took his shopping and he held my arm as we walked back to his house and we had a nice chat.

His wife looked a bit shocked when she opened the door and I was there with him, but he was fine.

– PC Chris Stevens

Northamptonshire Police said "a lot" of people had contacted the force since the picture emerged.

PC Stevens said while all the recognition was appreciated "it's nothing more than any of my colleagues would have done".

"It's nice that the police are getting recognition for doing good things, but it's nothing more than any of my colleagues would have done. These things happen on a daily basis up and down the country."