Soup’s up thanks to caring landlord

James Dean, the landlord of the Stafford Arms pub, who helped cook soup for residents of Hartshead Manor Care Home when the power substation was broken into and the area was left without electricity for 14 hours. (d29061149)

James Dean, the landlord of the Stafford Arms pub, who helped cook soup for residents of Hartshead Manor Care Home when the power substation was broken into and the area was left without electricity for 14 hours. (d29061149)

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A KINDLY landlord transformed his pub into a soup kitchen after a power cut left care home residents unable to cook food.

Thieves stole copper piping from an electricity sub station in Hartshead in the early hours of Saturday, plunging 83 surrounding homes and businesses into darkness for 12 hours.

Hartshead Manor care home at Hartshead Moor Top was left without any power, meaning residents could not have any cooked food.

So James Dean, landlord of the nearby Stafford Arms pub in Scholes Lane, opened his doors and warmed up pans of soup for the grateful elderly residents.

He said: “All around the area we were without power for hours. The old people at the nursing home couldn’t be fed.

“My ovens are gas powered so two ladies from over there who do the cooking came over to cook pans of soup for their lunches and dinners.”

Kath Tanner, manager of Hartshead Manor, thanked James for what he had done.

She said: “I think it was fantastic of them at the pub to help us. Legally when there’s a power cut we can’t operate the extractor fan in the kitchen, which means we can’t use the oven.

“They helped do soup for all the clients. If they hadn’t have helped, the residents would have had to eat sandwiches. It meant they could have some hot food.

“I would very much like to thank everyone at the pub for what they did.”

Paul Norton, health and safety head for CE Electric UK, which runs the substation, said: “As a company we have to deal with incidents of copper theft on a daily basis. The mindless actions of these thieves and their complete lack of regard for the consequences of their actions only highlights the extreme lengths these thieves are willing to go to.

“As a company that cares a great deal about its customers, we are committed to tackling this extremely dangerous crime and will be working closely with local communities and the police to raise awareness of these dangers.”

Police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating reports of a metal theft which occurred overnight between Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25.

“A substantial amount of metal was stolen from the sub station on Halifax Road, Scholes.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 0845 6060606.