Image of kindly Northants policeman who helped elderly man with shopping viewed by almost 13 million people

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A picture of a Northamptonshire Police officer helping an elderly man in Northampton after he caught the wrong bus and struggled to get home with his heavy shopping bags has gone viral and been viewed by almost 13 million people.

PC Chris Stevens was spotted helping a man home in Kingsthorpe earlier this week and the image has been liked on Facebook by almost 400,000 people.

A picture taken by a passerby of PC Chris Stevens helping an elderly man home has been shared and liked on Facebook by thousands of people, with many commending him for his actions.

A picture taken by a passerby of PC Chris Stevens helping an elderly man home has been shared and liked on Facebook by thousands of people, with many commending him for his actions.

PC Stevens said it was nice to get the recognition but it was something “any of his colleagues would have done.”

He said: “I saw the gentleman leaning up against a wall, so went over to ask if he was alright.

“He said he’d been into town shopping but got on the wrong bus and was struggling to get home. So I asked if he wanted some help.

“He said that would be good, so I took his shopping and he held my arm as we walked back to his house and we had a nice chat.

“His wife looked a bit shocked when she opened the door and I was there with him, but he was fine.

“It’s nice that the police are getting recognition for doing good things, but it’s nothing more than any of my colleagues would have done. These things happen on a daily basis up and down the country.”