POLICE today thanked the Good Samaritan taxi driver who rescued a toddler found wandering the streets of Sunderland in the early hours of the morning.
Part-time driver Mary Cartwright found the three-year-old boy at the side of the road in Grangetown shortly before 3am on Sunday.
Coun Cartwright, a North East party representative for Eden Hill in Peterlee, told the Echo that the boy was dressed in a Sunderland AFC strip and crying when she spotted him.
It has since emerged that the boy got out of his house while his mother slept.
The family have only recently moved to the area.
Coun Cartwright, herself a mum-of-three, called 999 as she sat the youngster in her car.
Her male passenger took his T-shirt off to wrap Tom up in and police soon arrived.
Coun Cartwright then handed Tom over to the two officers before she continued with her customers.
Chief inspector Dave Willet said: “At 2.43am on Sunday, February 22, police received reports that a three-year-old boy had been found alone in Queen Alexandra Road in Sunderland by a passing taxi driver.
“The boy has recently moved to the area with his family and had woken up in the middle of the night and mistakenly let himself out while his mother slept.
“I would like to thank the taxi driver who did the right thing by contacting police and keeping the boy safe and warm while his mother was contacted and they were reunited.”