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Pensioner ‘amazed’ as they get £79,000 state pension lump sum payout

BRITONS are becoming overwhelmed with the amount of options available when it comes to their pension, with the confusion leaving them unsure if they are making the right decisions. Among them, one person was left “amazed” as they learned they were able to get £79,000 as a lump sum via their state pension.

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'I couldn't access money' – Pensioner, 72, recalls struggle to access cash during lockdown

Almost 13,000 free-to-use cash machines closed between 2017 and 2020 – a drop of nearly 24 percent.

And since January 2015, 4,299 bank branches have shut.

To avoid the nation sleepwalking into becoming a cashless society which ignores the needs of millions of citizens, Age UK is calling for the urgent introduction of a Universal Service Obligation (USO) on banks, to guarantee access to cash for everyone.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: “This report demonstrates the continuing critical importance of cash in our society. It’s not only essential for older people but for us all, in a world increasingly compelling us to manage our money digitally.

“Protecting the cash system is essential for enabling millions of citizens to go about their lives, and since it was still widely used during the pandemic, when spending opportunities were few, it’s going to be all the more important for us once we emerge from it and return to some kind of normality.

“Older people who use cash and their local bank branch are finding it increasingly impossible to manage their money because more and more barriers are being put in their way.

“They don’t want to give up their independence by having to rely on a family member or neighbour, they want to keep control of how they do financial things – but they don’t want to or can’t do it online.

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Pensioner left in agony after freak accident while helping husband

A 68-year-old woman broke her ankle after falling while helping her husband into the house.

Pensioner Josephine needed to be sedated so that a team of doctors and nurses could force the bone back into the correct position.

On a teaser clip for the latest instalment of Channel 5’s A&E After Dark due to air on May 17, Dr Austin was tasked with looking after her.

In Monday’s episode, viewers can expect another busy night in one of the UK’s major trauma centres, as staff of Hull Royal Infirmary are also faced with treating a crushed leg and a patient with a suspected broken back. In minors, a patient also “kicks off” when he is asked to leave after his treatment.

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68-year-old Josephine who has broken her ankle after falling while helping her husband into the house (Image: A&E After Dark/Channel 5)

The episode, which will air on Channel 5 at 9pm, will see one of the patients featured “ignore” hospital policy and refuse to leave A&E after his treatment with staff and security “in the firing line when he lashes out”.

The episode also features 27-year-old Chris, who lost control while riding home from a first date on his motorbike, with the 200kg bike flipping and crushing his leg. Dr Sean has to assess the severity of the injury while Chris is feeling the “euphoric” side effects of gas and air.

Meanwhile, Patricia, 60, is rushed into A&E secured to a stretcher in an unusual position, after falling down a full flight of stairs. Patricia is in “excruciating pain” and cannot move. Dr Ayman has to tread “very carefully” when assessing her neck and back as he suspects that she may have some life-changing injuries.

And 46-year-old Stuart comes into minors having split open his fist when punching a wall during a family argument. Dr Kate is on hand to check the severity of the open wound and see whether he might need referring to a specialist for surgery.

Watch A&E After Dark on Channel 5 on Mondays at 9pm.

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Laughing youths film themselves kicking pensioner, 74, into freezing cold river

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In the footage, which we have chosen to show only in still images, a violent youth is seen moving his leg towards the victim. The brazen thug was filmed by his friends as he targeted the pensioner from behind in the “shocking and upsetting” attack.

The victim fell headfirst into the River Mersey in Warrington, Liverpool Echo reports. He suffered a cut to his face after banging his head.

Two women passing by rushed to the pensioner’s aid on Sunday afternoon, reports Cheshire Live.

But the pensioner was left shaken following the ordeal and police are desperate to trace the young thugs.

Facebook users vented their fury at the sickening offence.

One wrote: “Sadly today the punishment does not fit the crime, probably a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again.”

Another added: “Something needs to be done about these unruly youths of today, it’s because they know they get away with things too easily, they do things all the more, do what’s right and throw the book at them.

“This guy is someone’s dad, grandad, if he was a member of my family I’d be guns blazing, they are no less than sick in the head if they think pushing an elderly man into the water is funny! Hope the man in question makes a speedy recovery.”

One user commented: “He’s lucky he wasn’t knocked unconscious when he banged his head!

“Being he walked home, he probably didn’t want any fuss made when the women helped him, are they able to give a description of the youths.”

Another wrote: “Unfortunately I believe things like this will become more and more common.

“The law, society and parents are becoming so mamby pamby and therefore children/youths have no respect for their own parents let alone anyone else.

“I really hope they catch them but I doubt it unfortunately. Parents out there, it’s someone’s child, if you live in the area maybe question them about this incident. Youths talk and Snapchat everything.”

Sergeant Mark Spaven, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “This was a shocking and upsetting incident which has understandably left the gentleman shaken.

“He returned home freezing cold and had sustained a cut to his face due to banging his head as he fell into the water.

“We are determined to find those responsible and I am urging anyone who has any information or believes they know who did this to come forward.

“I also want to appeal to the two women who thankfully came to his rescue to please get in touch with us as you could have information which could help our investigation.”

The horror happened in the centre of Warrington between 2.30pm and 3pm, and police believe there will have been several witnesses.

It happened near a popular retail park and a McDonald’s.

Anyone who can assist police with their enquiries should contact 101 quoting IML 973152 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.