Dogsthorpe: Toddler, 2, is found alone near busy road

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POLICE have warned of the dangers of leaving children unsupervised after a two-year-old walked away from his home and on to a busy main road in Peterborough.

POLICE have warned of the dangers of leaving children unsupervised after a two-year-old walked away from his home and on to a busy main road in Peterborough.Fortunately, the toddler was returned unharmed to his worried family within a matter of hours, but police have given the warning to parents to keep a close eye on their children.

The toddler escaped from a garden in Barkston Drive, Dogsthorpe, where he was playing with other children at about 7.30pm, on Wednesday.

He walked the length of the cul-de-sac, before finding himself on Newark Avenue, one of the busiest roads in Dogsthorpe.

It was there that he was spotted by a resident, who after knocking on some doors near where the toddler was found, called the police.

Today, Newark Avenue resident David Magasiner said he was shocked that the child had been walking alone on the busy road.

He said: "A woman knocked on my door asking if I had lost a two-year-old child.

"I had never seen the boy before, and I could not believe that he had been allowed to walk out alone.

"He was fully dressed, but barefoot. The woman said she had just found him in the street without his parents.

"Not long afterwards, I saw the police arrive, and the boy was taken away in a police car."

Another man, who lives in Newark Avenue and did not wish to be named, added: "You could see the boy was upset and obviously frightened.

"It is worrying to think of what could have happened, but I am glad the boy is safe."

Today, a spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire police said: "We received a call at 7.22pm from someone who said they had found a two-year-old boy in the street.

"They said he was very upset and did not know where his parents were.

"Police officers went out and knocked on doors in the area.

"We then got a call from someone saying their two-year-old was missing, and we were able to connect the two calls.

"It appears that he had been playing with other children and had managed to open the gate and let himself out.

"We returned the child to a relieved family, but we spoke at length with them, giving advice about keeping an eye on children.

"It is very important to keep young children supervised at all times to prevent incidents such as this happening."