Police called after mum leaves baby locked in car for 40 minutes during sweltering heatwave
Police were called to rescue a child from a car on the hottest day of the year after a mother left her child for 40 minutes to go shopping.
Concerned shoppers alerted the police and after the mother failed to respond to loudspeaker calls to return to her vehicle they were forced to break into the car to save the child.
Temperatures soared to 30 degrees and onlookers told the Mail Online that an elderly lady was screaming at the scene for someone to get the child out of the car.
After the child was released, the driver returned to her car after allegedly shopping the whole time at the store at the Waterfields Shopping Centre in the UK.
A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: '”Police were called at 12.40pm on Monday to Waterfields Retail Park in Watford to reports of concerns for the welfare of children that had been left in a car. Officers attended and the mother was located. Strong words of advice were given to the woman.”
The incident came as the UK had its hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching 33 degrees.