Police were called to the home of an elderly couple in Middleton, after they dialled 999 because they were lonely.

Officers had a cuppa with the lonely couple

Officers had a cuppa with the lonely couple

Responding to a 999 emergency call, Stu Ockwell and a colleague, of the Greater Manchester Police, spent 30 minutes with Fred Thomson and his 95-year-old wife Doris, who told the officers that they felt like their home had been "locked off from everything".

GMP Middleton tweeted: "Just dealt with a 95 year old couple who called the Police as they were lonely. What else could we do but make them a brew and have a chat."

Mr Thomson said he was touched by the kindness shown by the two officers, as they made tea for the couple and spent time chatting to them.

"You feel somebody cares and oh that does matter," said Mr Thomson. "Simple things they talk about, nothing very special but they showed that they cared by being there and talking to you."

The officers were widely praised on Twitter for their "great work" and exemplary "community policing", but GMP responded that they "only did what any Cop would do".