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Should you leave a child alone in the car while paying for petrol and is it legal?

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Is it OK to leave a child alone in the car while paying for petrol?

Your child is in the back of the car but you need to fill up.

The question keeps running through your mind and you don’t know what to do.

What does the law say?

Do you leave them alone in the car, or take them with you while you juggle the pump, fill the tank and head inside to pay?

The debate

One Mumsnet user sparked massive debate on the issue, the Derby Telegraph reported, after she discovered her husband leaves their 20-month-old toddler in the car while he goes into the kiosk to pay.

The original poster wrote: “Please settle this disagreement for me and my DH [dear husband]!

“Leaving toddler (20 months) in the car while you go and pay for petrol. Would you do it? I would not (unless I was using pay at the pump, then I wouldn’t get her out as I’d be stood right next to the car) but DH says he would and has.

“I’m horrified that he left her and have said I really don’t want him to do that again, he thinks I am ridiculous and ‘it’s only for two minutes’.”

The debate seems to have divided opinion, with some berating the mum for being “overprotective” and “over the top”, while others agree with her, Somerset Live reports.

‘They’ll be fine’

“I leave mine. What is going to happen to them? I have my car keys with me so the car itself could not be stolen (the door is probably open though) and I can see the car through the petrol station window so would notice if someone tried to kidnap them,” wrote one user.

‘Accidents can happen’

Others agreed with original poster, writing: “I would never leave my child in the car! I agree with you.”

And: “I would definitely take my toddler with me to pay. Every time.”

Another wrote: “I work in a petrol station and a mum left her four year old child in the car while she came into the shop to pay. The child got out of her seat and released the hand brake, the car then rolled forward into the electricity box.

“The child was unhurt but the car was damaged and so was the electricity box. Other customers have also left hand brakes off and cars have rolled into each other. So accidents can happen, I wouldn’t leave a child in a car.”

But what does the law say?

According to gov.uk, it is illegal to leave a child alone if it places them at risk.

Parents are urged to use their judgement on how mature the child is before they decide to leave them alone – whether that be in a car or at home.

It warns that parents can be prosecuted if they leave their child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’.

Chris Cloke, head of safeguarding in the communities at the NSPCC, told the Hull Daily Mail : “When left alone in a vehicle, young children can very quickly start to get anxious and distressed.

“Even if they’re sleeping peacefully when you leave they could well wake up and get very upset when you’re not there to look after them.

“They would not be able to protect themselves in an emergency and may even try to leave the vehicle to find you.

“As children become older parents need to exercise their own judgement. if they can see the car the whole time it may be sensible depending on your child’s maturity.”Every child is different and every parent knows their child’s readiness to be left in this scenario.

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Nigeria: Woman Dies During Church Deliverance in Lagos

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A 51-year-old woman, Taibat Kareem, has collapsed and died during a deliverance service in a Cherubim and Seraphim Church  community, Lagos after allegedly drinking a substance said to be given to her by the church prophet, Olowomeye Ola, for deliverance.



The issue provoked reactions from the residents who went to the church and brought out the pastor to mob him on the street.

However, before he could be mobbed, the Isheri Police Division moved to the church, arrested two suspects including the pastor and took them to the police station for interrogation.

The incident happened at Oriofe Street in Ijegun in the outskirts of Lagos where the church is located.

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According to the residents, her supplier, one Ayodele Isaac, a herbalist, invited the late Taibat, who dealt in local herbs, to take some herbs for sale. She was going to take the herbs when Pastor Ola accosted her and told her that she needed deliverance. He then took her to the church for prayers; it was during the prayer session that Pastor Ola gave her a liquid substance to drink. Immediately she drank the substance, she collapsed on the ground inside the church.

 Pastor Ola reportedly took her to his own room where he allegedly tried to revive her. It was in the midst of the confusion that the residents raised the alarm, attacked the pastor and attempted to mob him before the police rescued him.
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The corpse of the deceased, Taibat, was deposited at an undisclosed mortuary for autopsy while the two suspects mentioned over her death, Ola and Isaac, were transferred to the SCIID Panti, Yaba, for further investigation.

 When our correspondent visited Isheri Osun Police Division, the DPO was not around to comment on the incident.

However, police sources at the station that the matter had been transferred to SCIID’s Homicide Department.

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Lawyers in Egypt move to change president’s 2-term limit

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A host of Egyptian lawyers declared they have filed a court case to force the parliament to start a debate on amending a constitutional clause that bars President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi from running for a third term in 2022.



Ayman Abdel-Hakim Ramadan told The Associated Press on Saturday that a Cairo court will hold its first hearing on the case Dec. 23.

Egypt’s constitution was adopted in 2014, after el-Sissi, as defense minister, led the military’s ouster of a freely elected but divisive Islamist president.

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El-Sissi was elected president later that year. This year, he won a second four-year term in office. He ran virtually unchallenged after authorities either jailed or intimidated potentially serious candidates out of the race.

Ramadan says el-Sissi has overseen an “incredible” number of achievements since 2014.

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