A COUPLE who came to the aid of a 100-year-old man described their act of kindness to be a “normal instinct”.

Luke and LucyMills, of Northallerton, bought clothes and gloves for an elderly man who became disorientated by the cold weather.

He was taken into Caffé Nero in Northallerton on Wednesday, when Mr Mills rushed to a nearby shop to buy the items.

He said: “I was waiting for a coffee when I saw the man and as he was only wearing jeans and a cardigan I knew the clothes would help.

“It was a normal instinct so I am overwhelmed with the reaction we have had from the public.”

When the man was seen struggling on the pavement, staff brought him inside the café where he was given hot food and drink.

Officers returned the man to his home in Stokesley where he is being supported by family.

After North Yorkshire Police issued a post on Facebook, the couple were named and have received much praise.

He added: “Myself and my wife would like to say a huge thank you for the amount of replies we had for what we both did for the elderly gentleman. We’re so glad he made it home safe and sound.

“We would like to think that anyone would have done the same for any of our family members. We only did what we thought was the right thing to do at the time.”

They also praised the work of police officers who attended the café to help.

Within 24 hours a post by North Yorkshire Police received more than 1,500 likes and was shared around 200 times.

It read: "PC Caroline Pugh has passed on a big thank you to kind-hearted staff and customers.

“PC Pugh said these acts of kindness brought a tear to her eye and she wanted to thank the staff members and the couple for coming to the elderly gentleman's aid."