A young child refugee has been rescued by police after being found wandering along the central reservation of the M6 motorway near Birmingham.
The Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) said the boy had become separated from his parents, adding in a statement: “It’s impossible to imagine how scared someone would be, not knowing where they are, not knowing where their parents are, unable to speak the language.”
Officers were alerted at around 10pm on 18 December after a driver spotted the boy, who is thought to be from Iraq, walking along the central reservation towards junction 7, the Great Barr interchange.
It’s impossible to imagine how scared someone would be, not knowing where they are, not knowing where their parents are, unable to speak the language.
We’ve taken him to a place of safety with food and water until social services can come and take him to care.
— CMPG (@CMPG) December 18, 2019
Read on...Support us and go ad-free
He was picked up by a police patrol car and taken into emergency care.
The CMPG, which is made up of officers from West Midlands Police and Staffordshire Police, said: “He was split up from his parents a few days ago, and doesn’t know which country they’re in.
“We’ve taken him to a place of safety with food and water until social services can come and take him to care.”
A police spokesman added: “It’s understood the male – whose age has not been verified – is from Iraq and the matter has been passed to immigration.”Support us and go ad-free
We know everyone is suffering under the Tories - but the Canary is a vital weapon in our fight back, and we need your support
The Canary Workers’ Co-op knows life is hard. The Tories are waging a class war against us we’re all having to fight. But like trade unions and community organising, truly independent working-class media is a vital weapon in our armoury.
The Canary doesn’t have the budget of the corporate media. In fact, our income is over 1,000 times less than the Guardian’s. What we do have is a radical agenda that disrupts power and amplifies marginalised communities. But we can only do this with our readers’ support.
So please, help us continue to spread messages of resistance and hope. Even the smallest donation would mean the world to us.