A woman has been rescued after being stuck in her bath tub for eight days.

Police rescued the elderly woman from her home in Loughborough yesterday (Wednesday 20th November) after officers were called following concerns about her welfare.

Dawn Jackson who works at the Wiltshire Farm Foods in Loughborough had noticed that a regular customer had not placed an order. She made a phone call to ask the regular driver, Len Bateman, if he knew why that might be.

Knowing the lady was housebound and had no known relatives or carers to look after her, they decided it was a good idea for Len to call in and check. On arrival he noticed that the curtains were shut, the post had built up and the rubbish was piled high. He called through the letterbox but could not hear anything. The visit prompted the team to call the police.

Members of Leicestershire Police’s response team forced their way into the woman's home and discovered she had been unable to get out of her tub.

Officers tweeted that they had managed to get the woman, who is in her 70s, out of the bath, and that paramedics had been called to carry out medical assessment.

“Although hungry, she is okay," they added. The woman was able to drink the tap water, but whilst she was trapped she didn't have any access to food.

"Police received a call yesterday morning (20 November) from a member of the public regarding a concern for welfare of a resident at an address in Loughborough. "Officers attended the address and after forcing entry found the resident, the woman in her late seventies, in the bath unable to get out. It is believed she has been there up to eight days. "Officers assisted the woman out of the bath and colleagues from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) attended the address to take the woman to hospital for further assessment."

Leicestershire Police Spokesperson