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Sainsbury's truck driver tells how he slammed his brakes after spotting a freezing toddler walking next to a dual carriageway by himself at 1AM carrying his shoes

  • It took nearly four hours for police officers to locate the parents
  • The lorry driver from Lincolnshire, at first didn’t know what he was seeing
  • Yet he thought ‘Oh my God, that’s a child’ once he got closer
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A Sainsbury’s truck driver was astonished to see a freezing child walking alone at 1am along a dual-carriageway – carrying a pair of shoes.

The trucker, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, who found the boy while driving on the A43 in Northampton, said he must have been aged only between two and three years old.

And though police were soon called to help, it still took nearly four hours of door-knocking at neighbouring homes to find the boy’s parents.

The driver, father to one, told Lincolnshire Live[2] how he quickly braked when he discovered the unnamed child walking by himself on December 28 at 1am.

The trucker, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, who found the boy while driving on the A43 (pictured) in Northampton, said he must have been aged only between two and three years old

The trucker, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, who found the boy while driving on the A43 (pictured) in Northampton, said he must have been aged only between two and three years old

‘At first I didn’t know what it was.

It was only when I went to move into the second land and got closer that I realised what it was.

‘I thought to myself “Oh my God, that’s a child”‘, said the trucker, whose own son was born in September.

The 35-year-old, who wished not to be named, approached the frightened toddler – who carried a pair of his shoes – as he couldn’t see any parents around.

The trucker waited with the boy in his lorry until police arrived and asked him where his parents were.

‘He just replied in baby talk, so I couldn’t really tell.

‘He cried when I picked him up, he was freezing cold, bless him.

‘When I told the police they kept asking me to repeat what I was saying as I don’t think they could believe it was a child.’

Officers quickly arrived and the little boy was taken to the local police station under safeguarding measures.

The shocked driver still can’t believe what occurred and said he ‘dreads to think what could have happened had I not found him.’

As a parent himself, the Sainsbury's employee passes no judgement on the parents and doesn't want anyone else to without their side being known

As a parent himself, the Sainsbury’s employee passes no judgement on the parents and doesn’t want anyone else to without their side being known

But as a parent himself, the Sainsbury’s employee passes no judgement on the parents and doesn’t want anyone else to without their side being known.

He added that mistakes can happen with doors being unlocked and the parents were most likely upset, but that as a dad, he will no longer be leaving his key on the side – just in case.

Northamptonshire Police confirmed the incident and said the child had now been reunited with his parents.

A spokesperson added: ‘We were called out to Lumbertubs Lane in Northampton at 1.05am in relation to a child being found at the side of the road.

‘We knocked on a number of houses nearby as part of our inquiries.

‘We located the family and the child was reunited with his parents at 4.45am.’

Northamptonshire County Council have been contacted as to whether social services are involved.

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Lincolnshire Live (www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk)



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