British Transport Police in tube appeal

British Transport Police

The British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident involving a child falling onto the tracks at a London tube station to come forward.

The child, who was in a pushchair at the time, had been left unsupervised when a gust of wind from the tunnel blew the buggy onto electrified tracks at Goodge Street station, in North London.

The images released by the police show a man leaving the pushchair at the bottom of some stairs between two platforms, before going back up the stairs to assist other family members.

The child is then seen to roll helplessly off the platform, just after a train pulls away. The child’s mother then frantically jumps down onto the railway line, managing to lift the child and pushchair to safety seconds before another train enters the station.

The family then proceeded to leave the station. The police are asking for witnesses to the incident to come forward, as they would like to speak to the people involved.

Chief Inspector Mark Lawrie, in a report by the Daily Mail, said: “This was a frightening incident, not just for the scale of the danger the child was exposed to, but also because the woman then put her own life on the line by going onto the tracks.

“We urgently need to identify the people involved to ensure the child wasn’t injured as a result of the fall onto the tracks.

“I have taken the step of releasing CCTV of the people involved to highlight the very real concern we have for all involved.”

The British Transport Police hope that releasing images of the incident, which took place on July 23, may help jog the memory of potential witnesses.

Chief Inspector Lawrie went on to say: “If you know the people involved or have any information about the incident, please call us on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

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    • Roy Peters

      11 August 2014 • 18:23

      A most unlikely episode considering where the child was left. However, it behoves parents to be extremely careful in such situations. The message from such an event is: Don’t forget the brakes!
      The poor little devil must have been scared out of his/her wits.

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