Southampton city councillor Jacqui Rayment comes to rescue of lost three-year-old girl

Jacqui Rayment

Jacqui Rayment

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

A THREE-year-old girl who was found wandering alone on a Southampton street was rescued by one of the city council’s top bosses.

Eagle-eyed Cabinet member Jacqui Rayment was driving when she spotted the youngster walking along Midanbury Lane and pulled over.

Cllr Rayment told the Daily Echo how she had her own daughter and grandchild in the car when she saw the child without a parent or carer with her.

She said: “I just saw her there and she looked like quite a young child who should have someone with her so I pulled over.

“She appeared to be fine and was happy to speak to us. She told us that she was three and had got out of her house and that her mummy was sleeping.”

Cllr Rayment, who holds the portfolio for environment and transport, said a quick search of the area revealed no clue as to where she lived, so she called the police.

Almost as soon as officers arrived to the scene just after 1pm on Monday, the mother of the child also arrived.

Playing down her role in the safe return of the youngster, Cllr Rayment added: “It was a bid of an adventure for her I think as she apparently managed to get out of the house herself and wander off.

“She was absolutely fine and I just left the police to sort it all out once her mum had arrived.”

Hampshire police confirmed that the child was safely returned to her mother and praised the actions of Cllr Rayment in stopping to help.

A spokesman said: “We were called to Midanbury Lane after a young girl was found at lunchtime on Monday.

“Those who found her had knocked on some doors and failed to find the parents but almost as soon as officers arrived so did the mother, who had been searching herself for her child after realising she was missing.

“Apparently the youngster managed to get out of the house, which was a short distance away from where she was found, by opening the front door.

“Some advice was given to the young girl’s mother, but no further action was taken.”

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12:51pm Wed 16 Jul 14

On the inside says...

My god. The woman who most of the nutters on this site love to hate turns out to be a decent member of society after all. What will all the Tory & UKIP vermin have to say about that?
My god. The woman who most of the nutters on this site love to hate turns out to be a decent member of society after all. What will all the Tory & UKIP vermin have to say about that? On the inside
  • Score: 7

1:00pm Wed 16 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

On the inside wrote:
My god. The woman who most of the nutters on this site love to hate turns out to be a decent member of society after all. What will all the Tory & UKIP vermin have to say about that?
I say well done to the Lady, quite possibly the best thing she has ever done for the City.

Good enough?
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: My god. The woman who most of the nutters on this site love to hate turns out to be a decent member of society after all. What will all the Tory & UKIP vermin have to say about that?[/p][/quote]I say well done to the Lady, quite possibly the best thing she has ever done for the City. Good enough? IronLady2010
  • Score: 17

1:51pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Maine Lobster says...

Well done Jacqui Rayment for ensuring this child's safety. A potential tragedy averted.
Well done Jacqui Rayment for ensuring this child's safety. A potential tragedy averted. Maine Lobster
  • Score: 22

2:20pm Wed 16 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

So some advice was given to the mother but no further action was taken.............
I wonder if social services will try and make a child neglect case out of this one.
So some advice was given to the mother but no further action was taken............. I wonder if social services will try and make a child neglect case out of this one. burgerboy
  • Score: 4

2:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

huckit P says...

On the inside wrote:
My god. The woman who most of the nutters on this site love to hate turns out to be a decent member of society after all. What will all the Tory & UKIP vermin have to say about that?
That is not a nice thing to say about the people running the country and those who will be running the country.
Be careful or someone will be putting Warfarin in your cornflakes!
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: My god. The woman who most of the nutters on this site love to hate turns out to be a decent member of society after all. What will all the Tory & UKIP vermin have to say about that?[/p][/quote]That is not a nice thing to say about the people running the country and those who will be running the country. Be careful or someone will be putting Warfarin in your cornflakes! huckit P
  • Score: -14

7:03pm Wed 16 Jul 14

03alpe01 says...

So she can do something right after all! Fair play Jacqui! For once...
So she can do something right after all! Fair play Jacqui! For once... 03alpe01
  • Score: 3

7:18pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Turtlebay says...

And she didn't even have a comb for her hair!
And she didn't even have a comb for her hair! Turtlebay
  • Score: 2

9:31pm Wed 16 Jul 14

weall8leedscum says...

PR Stunt .

Fact !
PR Stunt . Fact ! weall8leedscum
  • Score: 0

10:13pm Wed 16 Jul 14

_watchman says...

Maine Lobster wrote:
Well done Jacqui Rayment for ensuring this child's safety. A potential tragedy averted.
It does make you wonder how many of us would have done the same?
[quote][p][bold]Maine Lobster[/bold] wrote: Well done Jacqui Rayment for ensuring this child's safety. A potential tragedy averted.[/p][/quote]It does make you wonder how many of us would have done the same? _watchman
  • Score: -3

11:35pm Wed 16 Jul 14

sparkster says...

well done Jacqui Rayment. I can think of worse vermin than UKIP at least they want what;s best for us and listen
well done Jacqui Rayment. I can think of worse vermin than UKIP at least they want what;s best for us and listen sparkster
  • Score: 4

12:18am Fri 18 Jul 14

robj1969 says...

On the inside wrote:
My god. The woman who most of the nutters on this site love to hate turns out to be a decent member of society after all. What will all the Tory & UKIP vermin have to say about that?
She is the most useless councillor since June Bridle.....move her away from transport and into child services but then again her screws ups have until now only caused traffic jams ;-)
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: My god. The woman who most of the nutters on this site love to hate turns out to be a decent member of society after all. What will all the Tory & UKIP vermin have to say about that?[/p][/quote]She is the most useless councillor since June Bridle.....move her away from transport and into child services but then again her screws ups have until now only caused traffic jams ;-) robj1969
  • Score: 2

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