More than 100 children released from locked cars in Wiltshire

More than 100 children released from locked cars in Wiltshire

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:53am 11th March 2020. (Updated at 6:23am 11th March 2020)

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It's every parents worst nightmare - your child gets trapped in a vehicle!

The figures, which span a three year period from  2017 to 2019, were given to Spire FM following a Freedom of Information request to Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS).

The stats show crews helped release 104 children during that period in total.

Last year alone fire-fighters  were called to 28 incidents in the county where children had accidentally got trapped inside a vehicle.


  • Last September fire fighters released a one year old from a car in Wavell Road in Tidworth
  • In July crews from Ludgershall were called to Station Road in Tidworth to release a baby trapped in a vehicle.
  • In one incident in Broadchalke TWO children who were accidentally trapped in a van had to be helped by the fire service.
  • In Salisbury an 11 month old boy locked himself in his parents' car in Manor Road.


One of the most common incidents involves toddlers getting hold of a key fob, accidentally locking themselves in and then not knowing what button to press to unlock the car from the inside.

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Young children are often very attracted to car keys!

The AA says it rescues on average seven children locked in cars every day in the UK.


Last year fire-fighters in Wiltshire also had to rescue a child who became trapped in playground equipment.

They were also called to an incident where a 10 year old boy was locked in his bedroom.


We wanted to shine the light on some of the more unusual incidents our emergency service deals with including getting help removing a ring stuck on your finger!

Ring cut off Salisbury Fire Station

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue  told Spire FM they dealt with 30 incidents in Wiltshire and 27 in Dorset last year.

A spokesperson for DWFRS said 

"The vast majority of people turn up at our stations for help, however we have attended hospitals and care homes where more vulnerable or elderly people may have been involved."


One of the other common incidents DWFRS gets called to is people stuck in lifts.

There were 87 incidents in Wiltshire in 2019 and 137 in Dorset.

In once incident last May fire-fighters were sent to Salisbury District Hospital after 6 people were trapped in a broken lift there.

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Main Entrance (Mike Draper) (3)
Crews were called to rescue a group of people stuck in a lift at our hospital last year
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