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Halstead: Pensioner fears he’ll die before alarm is repaired
3:00pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
A pensioner claims he will be “dead and buried” by the time long-awaited repairs to his panic alarm are carried out.
John Teasdale, who is renowned for travelling Halstead on his mobility scooter, alleges he has been pestering Greenfields and Carecall for about a month since his alarm, which he carries on a string around his neck, last went on the blink.
The 82-year-old relies on the alarm system, which is a service provided for older vulnerable or disabled people living in their own homes, in the event of an emergency.
A spokesman for Greenfields said: “Mr Teasdale chose to have an alarm service installed, but he refused to install the necessary phone line that a standard alarm needs to work.
"We therefore supplied him with a different type of alarm based on mobile phone technology, to ensure he retained the support and back-up that a community alarm provides.
“The alarm was commissioned and left working but it failed a few weeks later.
“There have been ongoing problems with the alarm and we have been working proactively with the alarm provider to try and resolve the issues."
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