After a one-off visit to a store on Ravensdale Road in Mansfield, I was approached by a young girl, aged about eight, who asked me if she had enough money to buy the loaf of bread she was holding.
I reassured her she had and she went to pay for it.
She was a pleasant little girl together with good manners, but I was shocked that she was on her own at 5pm, as it was dark and wet outside. I have a granddaughter of the same age and I found it very upsetting and distressing that a young child was not with a parent. My daughter would never dream of sending my granddaughter out alone at anytime of day. I had a cry when I left the store and couldn’t stop thinking about her all night.
I only pray she returned home safely.