Missing toddler found safe and well - asleep in pet section at garden centre

Police at Bradley Fold Garden Centre, where the missing three-year-old boy sparked a major panic

Police at Bradley Fold Garden Centre, where the missing three-year-old boy sparked a major panic

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A MISSING toddler sparked a frantic police search at a garden centre before being found fast asleep in the pet section.

Police "locked down" Bradley Fold Garden Centre in Radcliffe Moor Road, Bradley Fold, after the three-year-old’s grandparents reported him missing this morning.

More than 20 staff and concerned members of the public joined in the search for the boy before he was found sleeping on the floor, nestled next to a shelf and just feet away from the rabbits.

A police spokesman confirmed the three-year-old boy was reported missing at the shop at 11.07am.

He said: “Police are locking down the garden centre to look for him to try and find him.”

Staff raised alarm after the boy was reported missing by his grandma and granddad.

They had been shopping in the centre for a short time when they realised the boy was missing and the police were alerted.

About seven police cars were seen outside the garden centre as the large-scale operation was carried out, with people checking all corners of the family-run centre.

Along with police, staff inspected footage from the centre’s security cameras to no avail.

The garden centre was closed and put on "lock down" by police before the oblivious youngster was found by a member of staff, after being missing for about half an hour.

The discovery sparked immense relief among the boy’s grandparents, staff and police as the announcement was made over the centre’s loudspeaker.

Initial reports suggested the boy had been asleep in a dog basket, but it later emerged that he was on the floor in the pets section.

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12:06pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Tim Burr says...

I shouldn't laugh but this is comical.
I shouldn't laugh but this is comical. Tim Burr
  • Score: 37

12:12pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Hough64 says...

Tim Burr wrote:
I shouldn't laugh but this is comical.
I bet the boys parents didn't find it comical at the time!!
[quote][p][bold]Tim Burr[/bold] wrote: I shouldn't laugh but this is comical.[/p][/quote]I bet the boys parents didn't find it comical at the time!! Hough64
  • Score: -6

12:42pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Good advert for the dog basket!!

Parents may be able to laugh about this soon but I still remember losing my daughter for less than a minute in Manchester Airport and my stomach does cartwheels at the memory. One of the worst feelings in the world.
Good advert for the dog basket!! Parents may be able to laugh about this soon but I still remember losing my daughter for less than a minute in Manchester Airport and my stomach does cartwheels at the memory. One of the worst feelings in the world. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 33

12:50pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Hough64 says...

Why the thumbs down? Were you hoping for a different outcome maybe?
Why the thumbs down? Were you hoping for a different outcome maybe? Hough64
  • Score: -17

12:58pm Wed 16 Apr 14

MarkAllRead says...

I hope the garden centre give him the basket to take home and sleep in, it would be a lovely thought (not to mention publicity...)
I hope the garden centre give him the basket to take home and sleep in, it would be a lovely thought (not to mention publicity...) MarkAllRead
  • Score: 10

2:20pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Bat E Karen says...

Aww, bless!

Poor parents, but I'm sure they'll soon see the funny side.
Aww, bless! Poor parents, but I'm sure they'll soon see the funny side. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 7

5:18pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Janch1 says...

Maybe if whoever was in charge of this kid had actually kept control of him then they would not have had to have caused such a commotion and great expense by bringing out police etc. Let's face it, a garden centre is not that big a place. Far too often these days kids are allowed to run riot with little or no parental control.
Maybe if whoever was in charge of this kid had actually kept control of him then they would not have had to have caused such a commotion and great expense by bringing out police etc. Let's face it, a garden centre is not that big a place. Far too often these days kids are allowed to run riot with little or no parental control. Janch1
  • Score: 23

8:56pm Wed 16 Apr 14

lindlandl says...

Janch1 wrote:
Maybe if whoever was in charge of this kid had actually kept control of him then they would not have had to have caused such a commotion and great expense by bringing out police etc. Let's face it, a garden centre is not that big a place. Far too often these days kids are allowed to run riot with little or no parental control.
Oh for goodness sake!
[quote][p][bold]Janch1[/bold] wrote: Maybe if whoever was in charge of this kid had actually kept control of him then they would not have had to have caused such a commotion and great expense by bringing out police etc. Let's face it, a garden centre is not that big a place. Far too often these days kids are allowed to run riot with little or no parental control.[/p][/quote]Oh for goodness sake! lindlandl
  • Score: -6

9:12pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Citizen Cane says...

No mention of the grandparents being cautioned. Why is it that councils and companies are blamed for "failings" but not individuals?
No mention of the grandparents being cautioned. Why is it that councils and companies are blamed for "failings" but not individuals? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 5

10:50pm Wed 16 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

I'm just glad the little tyke was found safe,just think of other children who went missing and were never found,or when found....never mind that part.Children are very elusive and hide in the weirdest places.We've had some heart stopping moments with our grand children at one time or another,when our own children were young the world was a safer place to live,these days we have to more diligent when it comes to child safety.
I'm just glad the little tyke was found safe,just think of other children who went missing and were never found,or when found....never mind that part.Children are very elusive and hide in the weirdest places.We've had some heart stopping moments with our grand children at one time or another,when our own children were young the world was a safer place to live,these days we have to more diligent when it comes to child safety. boltonnut
  • Score: -3

4:17pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Donkey Stone says...

Janch1 wrote:
Maybe if whoever was in charge of this kid had actually kept control of him then they would not have had to have caused such a commotion and great expense by bringing out police etc. Let's face it, a garden centre is not that big a place. Far too often these days kids are allowed to run riot with little or no parental control.
Totally agree. Hold the childs hand or invest in a set of reins (best fiver I ever spent) and all this would have been avoided.
[quote][p][bold]Janch1[/bold] wrote: Maybe if whoever was in charge of this kid had actually kept control of him then they would not have had to have caused such a commotion and great expense by bringing out police etc. Let's face it, a garden centre is not that big a place. Far too often these days kids are allowed to run riot with little or no parental control.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Hold the childs hand or invest in a set of reins (best fiver I ever spent) and all this would have been avoided. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 0

9:36pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Lancashire always says...

Hough64 wrote:
Why the thumbs down? Were you hoping for a different outcome maybe?
I gave you a thumbs up for a change.
[quote][p][bold]Hough64[/bold] wrote: Why the thumbs down? Were you hoping for a different outcome maybe?[/p][/quote]I gave you a thumbs up for a change. Lancashire always
  • Score: 0

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