Panicking mum who ‘left baby in pram on packed train’ sparks rush hour chaos

An absent minded-mum caused rush-hour mayhem when she got off a busy commuter train and then realised she’d left her baby behind.

The woman got off the train at Peckham Rye Station in south London at around 5pm yesterday,September 8, before realising she had left the child in a pram on the busy South Eastern Railway service.

Seconds after the doors closed she realised her mistake, but it was too late. She used one of the station’s emergency help points and managed to speak to South Eastern staff who held the train up at the next station, Nunhead, and rescued the tot.

Station staff then looked after the tiny stowaway while its mother caught the next train to Nunhead so they could be reunited.

Most other train users took the delay philosophically. Zoe Knights tweeted: “The last reason I expected my train to be delayed at its stop was because ‘a mother left her baby on the train at the previous stop’ and they’ve had to hold it there so she could come and collect it"

Dentist Yewande Oduwole tweeted that a friend of hers was on the same train, saying “I mean how do you forget YOUR BABY.. A WHOLE BABY”

A South Eastern spokesman said: "We received a help point call from a mother to advise she had become separated from her child at Peckham Rye station on Tuesday evening, while travelling on the 17:04 Victoria to Dartford service.

"The unaccompanied child was helped off the train at the next stop (Nunhead) by station colleagues while the mother travelled on the next service to collect the child.

"Both are safe and well, and the service was back on the move with a five-minute delay.”

The mistake is easily made, as then Prime Minister David Cameron showed in 2012.

He left his eight-year-old daughter in the pub following a Sunday lunch, after a mix-up with his wife Samantha over which car they were getting in.

They only realised that little Nancy was missing when they got home.

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