I think I need to find another planet to live on.
Holiday grandmother left girls in airport car park
A CHILD safety charity has condemned a Yorkshire grandmother who abandoned two young girls in an airport car park so she could jet off to Greece.
The woman from Goole, who has not been identified, left the 11- and 12-year-old girls in a car at Stansted Airport, Essex, when she discovered their passports were invalid and they could not accompany her to the island of Corfu, along with their uncle.
The two adults were both stopped from getting on the plane to Corfu when the girls were found sitting in a car in the airport car park. They had been waiting for more than two hours.
The grandmother, 61, and uncle, 36, were cautioned by police after being arrested the adults on suspicion of child cruelty.
Last night, town residents said that the two had shamed themselves and the town.
Former town mayor Pat O'Neil said: "What were this family thinking of? You don't just turn your back on your own flesh and blood, no matter how much you want to go and top up your tan.
"Those girls were so vulnerable, especially given that it's an airport where all sorts of people are coming and going all the time.
"The jungle drums beat pretty loudly round here and everybody will know who they are. They won't be made welcome."
Essex Police last night confirmed that the four had travelled to Stansted Airport from Goole on Monday afternoon, for a family trip away. When they arrived at the check-in desk they discovered the girls' passports were about to run out and would not be valid when they were due to return home.
An Essex Police spokesman said the adults decided to take the girls back to the car, and rang their mother to tell her they were leaving the children behind, despite the girls not being able to travel.
The mother, who was unable to fetch her daughters immediately, asked a friend who had never met the girls before to collect them for her.
The spokesman said that before setting off from her home in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, the friend contacted police.
After a search of the airport car park the girls were found safe and well in an unlocked Ford Focus.
A police spokesman said that after being cautioned the pair returned to the check-in desk to find out if they could continue with their holiday. It was not known if the two eventually travelled to Corfu.
A spokeswoman for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, condemned the two adults.
She said: "It's just dreadful to think what those girls must have been feeling, sat in a car in a place like an airport, waiting for a stranger to pick them up. When you are responsible for a child your ultimate priority has to be their safety and well-being."