Arsenal fans rescue stranded disabled woman
DESPITE their team failing to lift many trophies lately, two chivalrous Arsenal football fans have been praised for lifting a stranded disabled woman off a railway platform after the lift had been switched off.
Steve Penstone-Smith and wheelchair-bound wife Jo, who suffers from MS, had been to London’s West End to see critically-acclaimed drama War Horse last Wednesday.
They were returning home to Hatfield, but got off at Welwyn Garden City to use the disabled access at the station.
But, after they got off the train, they quickly realised they were stranded as station staff had switched off the lift.
It was then that two knights in shining Arsenal kits, fresh from the Gunners’ 5-0 thumping of Leyton Orient in the FA Cup, made their heroic intervention.
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They helped Steve, 34, carry 31-year-old Jo and her wheelchair up the steps.
Steve, of Acacia Street, Hatfield, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Some bright spark had turned off all the lifts at WGC.
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“Then two lovely blokes who had been to the Arsenal game got off the train and helped lift my wife up the stairs and out of the front entrance of the Howard Centre.
“I have no idea who they were but we just wanted to say thank you.”
A spokesman for First Capital Connect said: “The station is normally manned during the night. Unfortunately we had abrupt staff sickness and when there are no staff the lift has to be shut down.
“The passengers hadn’t booked on our special assistance programme, had they booked we’d have been able to get the assistance to them.”
He added: “We’re very grateful to the passengers who did help the customer and we’re very sorry for any inconvenience caused.”