Vulnerable OAPs left in darkness in Doncaster village

Sara Smith (front left) with some of the angry residents of Kirkstone Close.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Sara Smith (front left) with some of the angry residents of Kirkstone Close. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Dozens of vulnerable elderly residents in Bentley were left without electricity for five hours after an explosion at a nearby pub renovation.

Private carer Sara Smith has voiced her anger that some seriously ill and infirm pensioners were left without assistance from Doncaster Council during the power cut.

The incident happened at the Kirkstone Close estate, affecting 30 flats and bungalows.

Mrs Smith said: “They’re knocking down The Drum pub and they had gone into the cellar, which had been attacked by vandals, and the electricity box exploded.

“Some of the estate’s power went down at about 3.50pm, and by 5.30pm the whole of the estate was in darkness, and it was bitterly cold – even the gritters were out.

“I checked on one of my ladies who is an insulin-dependent diabetic and because of the cold I pressed her pendant alarm which alerts the council there is a problem, but she was told there was nothing they could do.”

Mrs Smith said a worker from The Drum bought torches for everybody and one resident with a gas cooker made people hot drinks.

But she said: “The council did nothing. Not one person asked if they were okay.

“A council van came and two people got out and said they were there to show a presence. I’m absolutely appalled. They flabbergast me, it’s just wrong.”

But Councillor Pat Knight, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “Our Home Alarm Service was alerted by a resident via a pendant alarm to a power loss.

“We immediately contacted the electricity company who initially said the power would be back on within two hours, however this was later revised to 9pm.

“Our Neighbourhood Response Team was dispatched to provide reassurance and assistance to residents, and they stayed until power was restored. Under such circumstances Doncaster Council always provides an immediate response. Safety of vulnerable residents is paramount.”