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Force rescues lost mobility scooter pensioner from rush-hour dual carriageway

She took a wrong turn.

Photo credit: Essex Police

Photo credit: Essex Police

Date - 31st May 2018
By - JJ Hutber- Police Oracle

Officers escorted a woman on a mobility scooter off a busy dual carriageway during in the middle of rush-hour.

The vulnerable woman was rescued by Essex Police last week after taking a wrong turn on to the A12 at Marks Tey on her mobility scooter at 8.30am when motorists spotted her heading towards Chelmsford in the first lane.

Essex Police’s Force Support Unit, which provides firearms support, put in a rolling block to protect her from the rush-hour traffic and walked her to safety.

A tweet from the force’s FSU account said: “Vulnerable female took a wrong turn onto A12 at Marks Tey – the team had to put in a rolling block and escort her to safety - sorry if you were delayed."

The A12 is a major dual carriageway linking London and the M25, Ipswich, Chelmsford and Colchester and is used by about 90,000 vehicles a day according to Highways England.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We were called to concerns for the welfare of a woman on a mobility scooter on the southbound A12 near Stanway at around 8.30am today (Thursday, May 24).

“We located the woman and brought her off the road and ensured her safety.”

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