Updated: Monday, 18th November 2019 @ 8:39am

Oldham pensioner falsely reported dead

Oldham pensioner falsely reported dead

By Francesca Librae

Eighty-year-old David Wood of Booth Street, Oldham, was falsely reported dead by a concerned neighbour yesterday morning.

Mr Wood's neighbour Jean Barnett, who has lived next door for several years, alerted police when she hadn't seen Wood for 12 hours.

Mr Wood said: "I was sat down on my couch and Jean's face appeared in the window and said 'You've caused a lot of trouble and fuss, you haven't opened your curtains since yesterday morning'." Mr Wood had been staying with his son overnight in Wales, and had not told his neighbour he was leaving.

Jean and her husband Ronnie, who used to be a student of Mr Wood, had debated whether or not to break in to the house, but decided against it because they didn't want to see the 80-year-old's corpse.

"They tried calling my son's mobile but it was the wrong number," said Wood. "It's nice to know I have friends that care."

PC Eddie Bentley of Greater Manchester Police said "Gene had done the right thing, always try and contact relatives and friends first before calling police."

Mr Wood has since given Jean and Ronnie a key to his house and said: "I may be 80 but I have a lot more life left in me yet! I'll have to warn them next time I go away."