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SAINSBURY'S TRUCK DRIVER FINDS FREEZING CHILD ALONE AT 1AM CARRYING HIS SHOES


A SAINSBURY'S truck driver has recalled the terrifying moment he noticed a toddler walking down the side of a dual-carriageway at one in the morning.

According to MirrorOnline the driver had been delivering frozen food at the time when he spotted the youngster - who he believed must only have been aged between two and three - and slammed on the brakes.

Astonished Simon Buzdygan-Neal, 35, made the startling discovery while driving along the A43 in Northampton in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Today there are calls for him to be given an award for his actions - which may have saved the child's life in the freezing cold weather.

Mr Buzdygan-Neal, who picked up the crying child and put him in his cab to warm up - immediately called the police .

However it took almost FOUR HOURS of door-knocking at nearby homes to reunite the unnamed child with his parents, Mirror reported.

“At first I didn’t know what it was,” said the trucker.

“I saw something but didn’t think anything of it.

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Freezing toddler found walking beside dual carriageway at 1AM carrying his shoes

“It was only when I went to move into the second lane and got closer that I realised what it was. I thought to myself: ‘Oh my God, that’s a child.’

“I put my hazards on and pulled over – I think my lorry frightened him as he started walking towards the island near the slip road.”

LincolnshireLive reported that the lorry driver, from Grantham - a father-of-one, whose own son was born in September - explained how he approached the terrified toddler but couldn’t see any parents in sight.

“He cried when I picked him up, he was freezing cold, bless him," he said.

“A car pulled into the junction but didn’t seem too bothered when I told him what had happened, so I had to put him down while I called the police.

“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.”

The 35-year-old trucker placed the child in his lorry to warm up and asked him questions while they waited for police to arrive at the scene, Mirror reported.

“I was asking him where his mummy and daddy were and whether he lived in the houses near the road," he said.

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

When officers arrived the child was taken to the local police station under safeguarding measures.

But having had time to reflect, the lorry driver says he still can’t believe it.

“It is shocking, the shock hasn’t sunk in,” he said. “You never expect to see a child on the road.

“I dread to think what could have happened had I not have found him.

“Had he walked into the front of my lorry - I wouldn’t have been able to stop in time.

“It was freezing so had he got lost, who knows what would have happened?”

As a parent himself, the dad-of-one says he doesn’t want others to judge the parents without the full story being known.

“At that age they know how to unlock doors,” he said. “Mistakes happen and I bet they are amazing parents and are probably gutted about it.

“We don’t know what happened but it is a wake-up call for me.

“I usually leave the key on the side, but from now on I will hang it up and make sure it is out of reach.”

Northamptonshire Police have confirmed the child was found on the side of the road and later on reunited with his parents.

A spokesperson for the force, said: “We 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 house nearby as part of our inquiries.

“We located the family and the child was reunited with his parents at 4.45am.”

As a parent himself, the dad-of-one says he doesn’t want others to judge the parents without the full story being known.

“At that age they know how to unlock doors,” he said. “Mistakes happen and I bet they are amazing parents and are probably gutted about it.

“We don’t know what happened but it is a wake-up call for me.

“I usually leave the key on the side, but from now on I will hang it up and make sure it is out of reach.”

Northamptonshire Police have confirmed the child was found on the side of the road and later on reunited with his parents.

A spokesperson, said: “We 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 house 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 asked whether social services are involved, Mirror reported

Today there are calls for Simon to be given an award for his actions.

Laura Rimmington posted on GranthamMatters: "I think this bloke needs a medal and acknowledgement for what he did last night he fount a child at side of road and saved his life."

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