Farnworth 2-year-old finds suspected drugs packet in back of Metro taxi

James Clayton with his daughter Hollie, aged two

The snap bag, suspected to contain drugs, which two-year-old Hollie Clayton found in the back of a taxi.

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A FATHER has warned taxi drivers to check their vehicles after a toddler found a packet suspected to be drugs.

James Clayton was travelling to his mum’s home in Breightmet in a Metro Cars private hire vehicle when his two-year-old daughter Hollie picked up a small snap bag containing white powder from the middle seat.

The Bolton News:

Mr Clayton, a ground worker from Farnworth, told the driver and later phoned the Tonge Moor Road firm to explain what happened.

He said the company said it advised drivers to check their seats between picking up passengers.

Mr Clayton, aged 27, said: “I just want people to be aware of what could be in the cars. If my daughter had put that in her mouth she would have chewed it and her teeth would have gone straight through the packet.

“I had just put my little girl on the seat and she picked the packet up. I snatched it out of her hand.”

He also called police following the incident on Saturday, and they are due to collect the packet from Mr Clayton.

A police spokesman confirmed an incident had been reported on Saturday at about 3.20pm.

The spokesman said: “An appointment has been made to go and see the caller.”

Nick Astley, from Metro Cars, said: “It’s protocol for drivers of all companies to check after people have left the vehicles but with something so small can be impossible to find.

“I am sorry that the little girl found it. It is very upsetting. We can only learn from it. We ask customers to be vigilant as well.

“It could have been found anywhere but around young children we especially need to have our eyes and ears open.

"It is important people involved in drugs are dealt with appropriately and they get the highest possible sentence.”

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8:00am Wed 6 Aug 14

malcolm- t says...

Concern for daughter is commendable but I would guess that she was not in a child seat. Bolton taxis are not the safest place to be at the best of times
Concern for daughter is commendable but I would guess that she was not in a child seat. Bolton taxis are not the safest place to be at the best of times malcolm- t
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8:01am Wed 6 Aug 14

MrUpton says...

Well done James, always knew you were a good lad. , I've got a little pressie for the Little one next time I see you pal !

Ian
Well done James, always knew you were a good lad. , I've got a little pressie for the Little one next time I see you pal ! Ian MrUpton
  • Score: -13

8:19am Wed 6 Aug 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Nick says they're told to check after every drop off. However every time a phone or purse gets left behind, mysteriously they've not seen it or the next customers had it..
Nick says they're told to check after every drop off. However every time a phone or purse gets left behind, mysteriously they've not seen it or the next customers had it.. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 73

9:47am Wed 6 Aug 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

malcolm- t wrote:
Concern for daughter is commendable but I would guess that she was not in a child seat. Bolton taxis are not the safest place to be at the best of times
how many metro taxi's go around with car seats - do they keep them in the boot?
[quote][p][bold]malcolm- t[/bold] wrote: Concern for daughter is commendable but I would guess that she was not in a child seat. Bolton taxis are not the safest place to be at the best of times[/p][/quote]how many metro taxi's go around with car seats - do they keep them in the boot? Boltonresident2012
  • Score: 16

10:22am Wed 6 Aug 14

DC Ferret says...

MrUpton wrote:
Well done James, always knew you were a good lad. , I've got a little pressie for the Little one next time I see you pal ! Ian
oh dear, it's Sun Tzu and his usual obsequies
[quote][p][bold]MrUpton[/bold] wrote: Well done James, always knew you were a good lad. , I've got a little pressie for the Little one next time I see you pal ! Ian[/p][/quote]oh dear, it's Sun Tzu and his usual obsequies DC Ferret
  • Score: 6

10:50am Wed 6 Aug 14

questionairre says...

How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl?
Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.
How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl? Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking. questionairre
  • Score: 12

11:12am Wed 6 Aug 14

NECEY says...

you don't need a car seat if in a taxi for a little one as you are only being dropped off ,you can check this yourself and find it right,but it is not about the child being in a chlld seat, i see you never mentioned well who had he picked up last if they check after every drop off,so then they will know who the drugs belong to.
you don't need a car seat if in a taxi for a little one as you are only being dropped off ,you can check this yourself and find it right,but it is not about the child being in a chlld seat, i see you never mentioned well who had he picked up last if they check after every drop off,so then they will know who the drugs belong to. NECEY
  • Score: 7

11:48am Wed 6 Aug 14

knowledgeiskey says...

My husband is a taxi driver and unfortunately I had left a personal bag in the boot when he dropped me home before working. A cheeky customer tried stealing it. We had a right performance to prove it was not hers. He finds all kinds of stuff inc phones etc but always hands them in. We are considering a CCTV in the car though as he is sexually propositioned, abused,mugged and threatened on an almost daily basis.
My husband is a taxi driver and unfortunately I had left a personal bag in the boot when he dropped me home before working. A cheeky customer tried stealing it. We had a right performance to prove it was not hers. He finds all kinds of stuff inc phones etc but always hands them in. We are considering a CCTV in the car though as he is sexually propositioned, abused,mugged and threatened on an almost daily basis. knowledgeiskey
  • Score: 17

11:50am Wed 6 Aug 14

lv8151 says...

questionairre wrote:
How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl?
Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.
2 words " PUBLIC AWARENESS "
[quote][p][bold]questionairre[/bold] wrote: How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl? Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.[/p][/quote]2 words " PUBLIC AWARENESS " lv8151
  • Score: 8

12:28pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Gman13 says...

A taxi with drugs in it! I never knew that kind of thing went on...........
A taxi with drugs in it! I never knew that kind of thing went on........... Gman13
  • Score: 13

1:05pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

knowledgeiskey wrote:
My husband is a taxi driver and unfortunately I had left a personal bag in the boot when he dropped me home before working. A cheeky customer tried stealing it. We had a right performance to prove it was not hers. He finds all kinds of stuff inc phones etc but always hands them in. We are considering a CCTV in the car though as he is sexually propositioned, abused,mugged and threatened on an almost daily basis.
"sexually propositioned" yes the women of Bolton love nothing more than a man earning minimum wage who spends all day on him bum.

Who is he picking up to be "abused,mugged and threatened on an almost daily basis." lots of idiots in Bolton but almost daily I think you may be exaggerating slightly. I promise to be nice to this Brad Pitt lookalike if I get picked up by him.
[quote][p][bold]knowledgeiskey[/bold] wrote: My husband is a taxi driver and unfortunately I had left a personal bag in the boot when he dropped me home before working. A cheeky customer tried stealing it. We had a right performance to prove it was not hers. He finds all kinds of stuff inc phones etc but always hands them in. We are considering a CCTV in the car though as he is sexually propositioned, abused,mugged and threatened on an almost daily basis.[/p][/quote]"sexually propositioned" yes the women of Bolton love nothing more than a man earning minimum wage who spends all day on him bum. Who is he picking up to be "abused,mugged and threatened on an almost daily basis." lots of idiots in Bolton but almost daily I think you may be exaggerating slightly. I promise to be nice to this Brad Pitt lookalike if I get picked up by him. Bolton Lad 85
  • Score: -8

1:23pm Wed 6 Aug 14

alien13 says...

"It is important people involved in drugs are dealt with appropriately and they get the highest possible sentence.”yes i agree let sort out the pharmaceutical industry who cause more harm than recreational drugs,
"It is important people involved in drugs are dealt with appropriately and they get the highest possible sentence.”yes i agree let sort out the pharmaceutical industry who cause more harm than recreational drugs, alien13
  • Score: 5

1:39pm Wed 6 Aug 14

marco999 says...

Let's be thankful the little girl wasn't harmed and that she has a good father who has his daughters best interests at heart. Good luck to them both.
Let's be thankful the little girl wasn't harmed and that she has a good father who has his daughters best interests at heart. Good luck to them both. marco999
  • Score: 24

1:46pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Lancashire always says...

NECEY wrote:
you don't need a car seat if in a taxi for a little one as you are only being dropped off ,you can check this yourself and find it right,but it is not about the child being in a chlld seat, i see you never mentioned well who had he picked up last if they check after every drop off,so then they will know who the drugs belong to.
And also whoever dropped them knows where they are !!
[quote][p][bold]NECEY[/bold] wrote: you don't need a car seat if in a taxi for a little one as you are only being dropped off ,you can check this yourself and find it right,but it is not about the child being in a chlld seat, i see you never mentioned well who had he picked up last if they check after every drop off,so then they will know who the drugs belong to.[/p][/quote]And also whoever dropped them knows where they are !! Lancashire always
  • Score: 2

2:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

renovatedhouserunner says...

Seen a certain tonge moor rd taxi picking up two scrotes who were selling crack or something in my back street at 3am
Seen a certain tonge moor rd taxi picking up two scrotes who were selling crack or something in my back street at 3am renovatedhouserunner
  • Score: 8

2:26pm Wed 6 Aug 14

clayton1804 says...

questionairre wrote:
How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl?
Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.
Attention seeking?? Raising awareness isn't attention seeking you fool.. wouldn't forgive myself if I said nothing and another child found something so dangerous and got themselves hurt.. hopefull that it's worked..
[quote][p][bold]questionairre[/bold] wrote: How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl? Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.[/p][/quote]Attention seeking?? Raising awareness isn't attention seeking you fool.. wouldn't forgive myself if I said nothing and another child found something so dangerous and got themselves hurt.. hopefull that it's worked.. clayton1804
  • Score: 23

5:16pm Wed 6 Aug 14

CommonSense86 says...

clayton1804 wrote:
questionairre wrote:
How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl?
Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.
Attention seeking?? Raising awareness isn't attention seeking you fool.. wouldn't forgive myself if I said nothing and another child found something so dangerous and got themselves hurt.. hopefull that it's worked..
I think questionairre misses the whole point of any news story. All news stories are intended to seek attention, to make the reader aware of it's contents. The picture of the young lady and her Dad adds weight to the story, ever heard the saying 'a picture speaks a thousand words'? It reminds us of the potential that the situation could have been much worse, and thankfully on this occasion it wasn't. Good on the pair of them for bringing this to our attention, so we can all be more vigilant in the future.
[quote][p][bold]clayton1804[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]questionairre[/bold] wrote: How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl? Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.[/p][/quote]Attention seeking?? Raising awareness isn't attention seeking you fool.. wouldn't forgive myself if I said nothing and another child found something so dangerous and got themselves hurt.. hopefull that it's worked..[/p][/quote]I think questionairre misses the whole point of any news story. All news stories are intended to seek attention, to make the reader aware of it's contents. The picture of the young lady and her Dad adds weight to the story, ever heard the saying 'a picture speaks a thousand words'? It reminds us of the potential that the situation could have been much worse, and thankfully on this occasion it wasn't. Good on the pair of them for bringing this to our attention, so we can all be more vigilant in the future. CommonSense86
  • Score: 10

7:11pm Wed 6 Aug 14

MrUpton says...

questionairre wrote:
How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl?
Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.
I think the point here is Mr Clayton is showing that this particular taxi firm hasn't checked the car after the passenger with the drugs got out.

It is a condition of the Tax Drivers licence that they check for possessions that are left behind after each journey so that passengers. We know they are too lazy to do it but in this case it could have cost a young child it's life.

To say it's attention seeking is pathetic when you consider what actual product was left behind.
[quote][p][bold]questionairre[/bold] wrote: How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl? Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.[/p][/quote]I think the point here is Mr Clayton is showing that this particular taxi firm hasn't checked the car after the passenger with the drugs got out. It is a condition of the Tax Drivers licence that they check for possessions that are left behind after each journey so that passengers. We know they are too lazy to do it but in this case it could have cost a young child it's life. To say it's attention seeking is pathetic when you consider what actual product was left behind. MrUpton
  • Score: 5

7:12pm Wed 6 Aug 14

MrUpton says...

DC Ferret wrote:
MrUpton wrote:
Well done James, always knew you were a good lad. , I've got a little pressie for the Little one next time I see you pal ! Ian
oh dear, it's Sun Tzu and his usual obsequies
I have never used the name Sun Tzu.
[quote][p][bold]DC Ferret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrUpton[/bold] wrote: Well done James, always knew you were a good lad. , I've got a little pressie for the Little one next time I see you pal ! Ian[/p][/quote]oh dear, it's Sun Tzu and his usual obsequies[/p][/quote]I have never used the name Sun Tzu. MrUpton
  • Score: -2

7:25pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Lilgallagher says...

I would never of thought to look out for things like that in back of a taxi so this article and the ppl in it have done there job and made us more aware I will be checking every time I get in a taxi with my children from now on well done
I would never of thought to look out for things like that in back of a taxi so this article and the ppl in it have done there job and made us more aware I will be checking every time I get in a taxi with my children from now on well done Lilgallagher
  • Score: 7

9:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Tim Burr says...

MrUpton wrote:
questionairre wrote:
How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl?
Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.
I think the point here is Mr Clayton is showing that this particular taxi firm hasn't checked the car after the passenger with the drugs got out.

It is a condition of the Tax Drivers licence that they check for possessions that are left behind after each journey so that passengers. We know they are too lazy to do it but in this case it could have cost a young child it's life.

To say it's attention seeking is pathetic when you consider what actual product was left behind.
" It is a condition of the Tax Drivers licence that they check for possessions that are left behind after each journey so that passengers."

No it isn't but by all means provide a link to the terms of issue by Bolton Council.
[quote][p][bold]MrUpton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]questionairre[/bold] wrote: How does this get into the Bolton News and why does this need publicity and a picture of the dad and little girl? Surely it is enough to let the police and taxi Company deal with this, without all this attention seeking.[/p][/quote]I think the point here is Mr Clayton is showing that this particular taxi firm hasn't checked the car after the passenger with the drugs got out. It is a condition of the Tax Drivers licence that they check for possessions that are left behind after each journey so that passengers. We know they are too lazy to do it but in this case it could have cost a young child it's life. To say it's attention seeking is pathetic when you consider what actual product was left behind.[/p][/quote]" It is a condition of the Tax Drivers licence that they check for possessions that are left behind after each journey so that passengers." No it isn't but by all means provide a link to the terms of issue by Bolton Council. Tim Burr
  • Score: 2

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