Mother left in car park as couple head off to France
A couple alerted police at one of Britain's busiest ports after accidentally leaving their elderly mother behind in a car park at Dover while taking a ferry trip to France.
The pair made an urgent call to the Port of Dover Police after discovering mid-way across the Channel that their relative was still sitting in the vehicle in the multi-storey car park.
Officers managed to locate the woman and gave her a drink, before her flustered relatives, who are thought to be from Merseyside, returned to collect her around four hours later.
The incident warranted a special mention in the Port of Dover Police's monthly report for March.
The document reads: "And finally, an unusual telephone request for assistance was received in the Police Control Room from a couple who were on board a ferry that had just left Dover advising that they had forgotten that their elderly mother was still in their car that they had parked in the multi-storey car park ahead of their day trip.
"Officers located the vehicle and ensured the safety and welfare of the elderly lady until her 'grown-up' children returned several hours later ..."