Kate and two-year-old Mia, from her first marriage to JIM THREAPLETON, had left the car by a parking meter while doing some shopping in Islington, north London - but a warden swooped in just minutes after Kate's cash expired.
Stranded without a mobile phone, on one of the hottest days in Britain for 13 years, the tired-looking QUILLS star entered a public phone booth - only to find it was out of order, before a kindly passer-by lent her a phone to call for help.
The eyewitness comments, "She didn't lose her rag, but she seemed really fed up. She looked like an ordinary, harassed mum instead of a glamorous OSCAR-winner."08/08/2003 14:05