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Mum’s terror as ‘stranger tries to drive off in car with children inside’

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Original article from Kent Live

A terrified mum has warned others to be alert after a stranger got into her car in an Ashford car park and tried to drive off.

In a post that has gone viral, Megan Latter described the horrifying moment she noticed a man had tried to enter her parked vehicle on Tuesday (July 20).

With her four children in the car, Megan explains she closed the doors and ran to the car park ticket machine to check what time the car park shut.

But when she got to the ticket machine she could hear screams coming from the car.

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She heard one of her children shouting "get out of the car" but thought she was just shouting at one of the other children.

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On her way back to the car, the mum then heard another scream coming from the children as they cried out for help.

Describing the "unimaginable" ordeal she wrote: "I’ve parked in a car park and tried to pay for my parking using an app which said I could only park there for so long due to parking restrictions.

"I had children in the car, I shut the door and run to the ticket notice sign to see what time the car park shut.

"I got to the machine and heard Daisy shout 'get out of the car!'

"I started to walk back thinking she’s shouting at one of the kids and then I hear her scream 'MUM!!'

"I then look at the car and there’s a man in my f****** car!!! In the driver's seat!!!

"I’m then screaming telling him to get out of my car!"

Megan said there were people near the car who called the police immediately as the incident unfolded.

She said: "The man would not get out, and he tried telling me it’s his car.

"He then then told me it’s his mum's car and his children!

"I’m going absolutely crazy, swinging my bag at him just trying to get him out!

"Finally he got out and was acting all apologetic and said it was too emotional for him to be there.

"This happened so so fast but literally felt like it went on for ages, my babies are all safe and the man is being dealt with by police.

"I never in a million years thought anything like this would happen.

"If you are in or around the Ashford area, stay away from this man.

"My children said he was pressing buttons in my car and looked like he was trying to start my car.

"Luckily I had the fob in my bag so he couldn’t do anything.

"I'm Just grateful for everyone that stopped and helped and stayed with us the whole time we were there."

Megan said she wanted to warn people with her Facebook post but also say thank you to everyone who stopped to help.

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