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'Drunk UK parents abandon child' in Portuguese street

  • 7 September 2012
  • From the section Europe

Portuguese police are investigating claims that two British parents left their two-year-old daughter alone on a street while they drank in a cafe.

The child was in her buggy on a busy road in the village of Carcavelo, near the capital, Lisbon, on Tuesday, about 100m from her parents, they said.

The Policia de Seguranca Publica said the couple, said to be English teachers living in Portugal, were intoxicated.

The Foreign Office said it was providing consular support.

Police were called to reports of the child being alone, and tracked the parents to the cafe. They were reportedly unable to speak properly.

The toddler was taken to a police station and kept overnight in an emergency reception centre for minors, police said.

Local police officer Rui Vasconcelos told Portuguese TV station TV124 that the parents, aged about 40, came to the police station the following morning to inquire about their daughter, and still appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

They were asked for documentation to prove they were the child's parents and then left the station without her.

The officer said: "The case will be evaluated by the judicial authorities."

The Sun newspaper reported a cafe staff member saying the mother "looked completely out of it and the father also looked strange".

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