TransPennine train conductor returns two missing children to London who were found on a train bound for York with the help of West Yorkshire police at Leeds station

A train conductor who works for TransPennine Express (TPE) has helped two missing children return to their families in London with the help of West Yorkshire police at Leeds station after finding them on a train bound for York.

Mark, who works for the train operator, noticed a young girl wearing a school uniform as he was carrying out his duties on a train bound for York late at night.

He said ‘alarm bells’ rang as she boarded the train wrapped in a blanket at Manchester Piccadilly station.

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He then discovered that the young girl and the boy travelling with her didn’t have a ticket or any means of paying and had a large rucksack with them.

TransPennine train conductor, Mark. (Pic credit: TransPennine Express)TransPennine train conductor, Mark. (Pic credit: TransPennine Express)
TransPennine train conductor, Mark. (Pic credit: TransPennine Express)

Mark alerted British Transport Police (BTP) who sent officers from West Yorkshire Police to take the two children into their duty of care at Leeds station.

He convinced them to stay on the train until then - and gave the girl a KitKat from another colleague’s lunch box as she had low blood sugar - and her companion was worried she was having a diabetic episode.

Mark said: “I’ve only been on the railway for a relatively short period of 2.5 years, but in this time, I have come across and dealt with a number of missing children.

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“If something doesn’t feel right, then report it. Be smart and ask questions. Overall, on our network we have great support and are lucky to have BTP at a number of the stations we serve.”

Billy Vickers, head of stations and safeguarding at TransPennine Express, said: “Mark did an incredible job getting these two children to a place of safety and I know our other colleagues would do the same.

“We work closely with British Transport Police to ensure the safety of everyone using our services and we also offer training to our staff.”

TPE has recently received the safeguarding on rail scheme accreditation for the second year in a row.

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The accreditation from BTP and the department for transport recognises the vast amount of work taking place across TPE to make the railway a safer place for everyone.

Feedback said that “there was clear evidence that the business is fully committed to safeguarding from colleagues at all levels” and the way we have “embraced inclusion and neurodiversity is a credit to TPE.”

Billy said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for your drive and passion for safeguarding and making the rail network a safer place. This is a fantastic result, and you are all a credit to TPE, we couldn’t achieve any of this without your support.”

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