Pensioner in fall drama

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FIREFIGHTERS were sent to help an elderly woman who slipped and trapped her hand between a bannister and a wall.

A crew from Stranton Fire Station was sent to the incident, in Grasmere Street, off Elwick Road, around 7.20pm yesterday.

Firefighters spent half an hour at the scene, unscrewing the bannister to free the stricken woman and making sure she was okay.

A station spokesman said paramedics also attended, but the woman was not hurt.