Actor Laurence Fox claims he was ‘harassed’ by a Police Community Support Officer after leaving his son Winston, 5, unattended in his car.
According to the Daily Mail, Laurence, who plays Detective Sergeant James Hathaway in popular ITV drama Lewis said he left his 5-year-old son Winston unattended in his car while he went to a chemist to buy medicine for his 22-month-old son, Eugene.
When he returned to his car a few minutes later, a PCSO was in attendance.
The actor who is married to Billie Piper was clearly angered by the incident, and claimed on Twitter: “Park in loading bay to run into chemist to get medicine for sick child. Eldest son asks to stay in the car.
“I agree as I will be minutes. Return to car to find police community support officer telling me my son has been screaming in the car.
“He looks fine to me. I ask him if he is ok and he says he’s fine. I ask him if he was screaming, he says ‘no’.
“Get in the car. As I close the door … officer calls me a ‘disgusting and appalling human being’ and infers my son is lying.
“I cannot believe it,” he said. “I’ve got their number. Looking forward to writing to whoever it is you write to when you are harrased [sic] by the police.”
Technically, it is an offence to leave any child under 16 alone for any period of time, even briefly, in a locked car. But law experts say that in every case a parent needs to take into account the age and maturity of the child.