A delivery driver saved the day after climbing through an open window to help an elderly man who had become trapped.

Asda grocery delivery man Ian Hickton arrived at the home of a regular customer in Brighton, but on ringing the doorbell, heard cries for help from inside the property.

Ian sprung into action and shouted to the man through an open window, asking if he needed help before climbing into the home.

Ian, who joined Asda less than a year ago, said: "I saw a window was open and shouted through if the customer needed help and he said he did.

"I then asked if I could climb through the window, which was about at eye level for me.

"It was a struggle, but I managed to pull myself up and get through. I surprised myself to be honest.”

Ian said he discovered the man lying on the floor between two rooms.

“He'd fallen and his walking frame had landed on top of him,” said Ian.

The Argus: Ian waited with the man until help arrivedIan waited with the man until help arrived (Image: Asda)

"He only has the use of one arm so there was no way he could have managed to push himself up and onto his feet."

The customer had managed to activate his Carelink SOS button and someone was already on the way to help him.

Ian, who has first aid training from a previous job, checked to make sure the customer hadn't broken anything and then got him comfortable.

He then brought his shopping in and put it away while they waited for the care team.

Ian recently moved from Asda Hollingbury to Asda Eastbourne store which is closer to his home.

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He said of his action-packed day in Brighton: "Thankfully the gentleman was okay. He was very grateful, but I just did what anyone else would have done."

Ian, 62, has now been nominated for an Asda service superstar award for his quick-thinking, with Philip Derbyshire, manager of the Asda Hollingbury store, saying: "Ian has been an absolute superstar and a potential lifesaver.

“It was an absolutely fantastic response to an emergency. Well done.”