Saturday 10 December 2016

Rome police 'rescue' rowing elderly couple, with two plates of pasta

Published 09/08/2016 | 16:21

Two police officers serve pasta to an elderly couple in Rome (AP)
Two police officers serve pasta to an elderly couple in Rome (AP)

Police in Rome have come to the "rescue" of an elderly, quarrelling couple - by cooking them two plates of pasta.

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Officials said neighbours called police one recent, hot summer night because the 94-year-old man and 89-year-old woman - who have been married for nearly 70 years - were shouting at each other.

According to a police statement: "It can happen, as it did this time, that they were yelling out their desperation so strongly, in the end someone called the police."

The statement said the four officers realised there was no crime in progress, just "two souls to reassure".

They set to work treating them to dinner, using ingredients at their disposal: spaghetti, butter, cheese plus a "precious ingredient - all their humanity".

The now-happy couple then ate the meal with gusto.

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