I changed my username for this post. I was walking home with my daughter this evening (around 5.50pm), we got off 319 at Darley Road and were walking towards Fara shop. Right opposite the wall with Banksy's painting, there was a silver mercedes on the side of the road (single yellow line). The engine was running but noone in driving seat or front seat.
I then noticed a baby (5months?) in the car seat in the back. My daughter and I stood outside the car looking around to see if someone looked like it was theirs. I stood by the car while my daughter ran into Fara to ask if it was one of their customers.
After perhaps 3-4 minutes of this fruitless observation, i dialed 999 and reported an empty car with engine running, with baby in the back. During the police call, i tried to see if door was open (on their instruction), which it was.
My call with police lasted over 5 minutes. At that time, a boy of 10-ish came from a house nearby and sat in the car next to baby. He confirmed it was his family car. I then walked up the street to see where he came from and saw two women chatting in the corridor of the first house along northcote road, after Fara - i think by memory it's 157 northcote road. (That door was closed previously)
After a further 1-2 minutes a woman emerged and went towards the car. by that point i had walked slightly away from the car as my blood was boiling, police was on their way and i thought i would handle any possible confrontation pretty badly.
Police called me later to say that they did not arrive in time to speak to owner. i am not clear on whether they'll take action or not.
I would like to tell whoever did this - IT IS NOT OK TO LEAVE A BABY (LOCKED OR UNLOCKED), IN A CAR WITH ENGINE RUNNING AND BUGGER OFF FOR AT LEAST 9 MINUTES.
Your baby and your car could have been stolen. How many Mercedes stand there waiting to be driven off by thieves, complete with keys and unlocked doors? Surely an attractive target.
It is not OK to buckle the seatbelt around the baby car seat but leave inner harness of the seat undone.
NONE OF THIS IS OK
Due to data protection regulations I believe I can't post car reg here, but if you suspect you know the person involved and can tell me (via private message) which mercedes model it is, i can confirm the reg number via pm, obviously if car model is right.
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on Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.