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A TOD­DLER was trapped in­side a locked car yes­ter­day as tem­per­a­tures soared past 40C in parts of Mel­bourne.

The 20-month-old boy was res­cued when fire­fight­ers forced their way into the car parked out­side Der­rimut Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre shortly after 11am yes­ter­day.

The boy was freed un­in­jured. He was one of a large num­ber of chil­dren res­cued from hot cars since the start of sum­mer.

Po­lice have recorded dozens of of­fences in­volv­ing kids left in unat­tended ve­hi­cles in the past 12 months.

Crime Sta­tis­tics Agency data shows 54 cases were recorded across Vic­to­ria in the year to Sep­tem­ber 2018.

The ma­jor­ity of cases re­sulted in ar­rests or sum­mons (47) and three of­fend­ers were let off with a cau­tion or warn­ing.

How­ever many in­ci­dents, are never re­ported to po­lice.

A Vic­to­ria Po­lice spokes­woman said no of­fence had oc­curred yes­ter­day as the child had been “ac­ci­den­tally” locked in the car with the air­con­di­tion­ing on.

Au­thor­i­ties warned of the dan­gers of lock­ing kids in cars with the State Gov­ern­ment vow­ing to crack­down on the po­ten­tially-fa­tal be­hav­iour.

The cau­tion comes as Mel­bourne en­ters its sec­ond day of a near week-long heat­wave.

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