A pre-school toddler was reunited with his family after being found wandering the streets in Falmouth with his pet dog early on Saturday morning.
A bread delivery man alerted staff at Sainsbury’s after finding the boy, thought to be two, but no older than three and dressed in pyjamas, near the store at around 5.30am on Saturday. There were no adults nearby, only a dog believed to be the boy’s family pet.
The delivery driver took the boy and his dog to the supermarket and left him in the safe hands of staff working the overnight shift. Being so young, the child was unable to tell staff his name or where he lives.
The staff member directly involved said: “It was a bit of a shock to see this little boy. I made sure he was OK and then called the police.”
The police confirmed that the toddler had been found out alone, but said officers had “no initial concerns” about the incident and that the child had been reunited with his family just before 6am. A spokesman added: “The little boy has a habit of wandering, he has done so before.
“From our point of view, we have submitted a referral, a multi-agency referral, in case there are any issues,” but he stressed officers were happy that there are no real causes for concern.
“It’s not common, but it isn’t unusual,” he said. “We do get children that do want to explore the world. He is all safe and well. Staff did the right thing.”