Published: January 28, 2009
Highbridge father breaks into vehicle to free trapped children

A distraught Highbridge father had to smash one of the windows of his car to free two young children after they accidentally became trapped inside.

Dominic Walcott received a frantic phone call from his girlfriend on Tuesday morning (January 27th) after 21 month old Mia and 19 month old Travis got locked inside the family's Vauxhall Vectra.

Dominic, who works at a local car repair firm, joined a colleague in rushing to the vehicle in Grange Avenue and, after trying uncessfully to unlock it, they smashed a window to gain access and free the anxious children inside.

He told "The keys had been left in the car and one of the children had inadvertently leant against the door lock, triggering the central locking mechanism."

"We tried to get in without causing any damage to the car, but after several minutes both the children were getting anxious and one had become wedged between the passenger seats."

"I grabbed a hammer and smashed the window to get inside and I'm relieved to say neither child was hurt."

Our photos show the car at the centre of the drama and a relieved Dominic with the two unhurt children afterwards


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