The baby girl born on a Kent commuter train last night is the second to enter the world on a Southeastern service, says company spokeswoman Sarah Boundy, "We're delighted mother and daughter are doing fine and we will send them flowers as soon as possible."
In 2001 Hayley Sheen from Chatham, who was seven months pregnant, unexpectedly went into labour on a train. Just minutes later little Chelsea was born on the Hastings line between Appledore and Ashford. She was two months premature and weighed just 3lbs 5oz.
– Phoebe's Grandmother
Mother and baby are both doing well. Phoebe is a healthy baby weighing 6lbs 13oz. She was a week early.
Rail managers at Southeastern tonight thanked staff and passengers for helping with the delivery of a baby on commuter train at West Malling in Kent.
The guard on the train made an emergency announcement appealing for any doctor or nurse when he faced a passenger on the brink of giving birth.
The Incident occurred at 7.30pm and delayed thousands of commuters on the line to Maidstone East.
In what must be one of the most unusual excuses for a train delay a fellow passenger is understood to have helped with the delivery.
An ambulance was called and mother and baby were taken to hospital.
Both are said to be doing fine and the baby has been named Phoebe, according to a spoken for the train company. Delays of around an hour were caused by the incident.
Services are now back to normal.
Delays up to 15 mins between Otford & Maidstone East because of passenger giving birth on a train at #WestMalling" Classic
A baby girl was born on a train packed full of commuters tonight.
The Southeastern train was delayed at West Malling in Kent while the infant was delivered on board the 18:18 London Victoria to Maidstone East service.
A spokesman for the company said he did not know who helped deliver the child.
He said: "The baby is doing OK and has been named Phoebe.
"The normal protocol for a medical emergency is for the conductor to administer first aid but it is likely he would have had to put a message out to ask for help."
Passengers took to Twitter to offer congratulations.
@thumper_1111, said: "Baby girl just been born on 18:18 Victoria to ashford atwest malling. marvelous grats to parents hope all well."
But another commuter said: "That's the first good excuse Southeastern have come up with for a delayed train."
#WestMalling ~ We've now been informed that a passenger has given birth to a baby girl. Congratulations to the mother and baby!
Delays of up to 15 mins between Otford & Maidstone East until further notice because of a passenger giving birth on a train at #WestMalling
The ambulance service in the South East has condemned the theft of a defibrillator from a cricket club in West Malling.
– Darren Reynolds, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb)
“Defibrillators are such vital pieces of life-saving equipment. It’s really sad that someone has done this. It’s completely mindless and will be of no benefit to those who stole it. I’d urge anyone who has any information at all to come forward immediately.”
Thieves have put members of a village community in potential danger by snatching life-saving equipment from West Malling Cricket Club.
The defibrillator in West Malling has not yet been required to save a life, but hung on the side of the pavilion off Norman Road just in case.
Just after 12pm on Sunday 27 January, club maintenance man Chris Gosney discovered it was missing.
He said: “It would be terrible if, suddenly, we needed it and it wasn't there. It could potentially cost someone their life.”
West Malling Cricket Club was offered a defibrillator last year by South East Coast Ambulance Service in the wake of the heart scare suffered by 23-year-old Premiership footballer Fabrice Muamba.
Should someone suffer a cardiac arrest, the defibrillator can detect if an electric shock to the heart would be appropriate. The machine, worth £800, will not administer a shock if one is not required.
Kent Police have releasing two e-fit images of men they wish to speak with after a woman who had her handbag stolen was punched in the face.
The incident happened at around 4.30pm on July 21 as a couple were having a picnic in Manor Country Park in West Malling when two men approached them.
One of the men grabbed a handbag which was on the floor next to the couple and ran off.
The owner of the handbag chased after the men but was threatened and punched her in the face.
Anyone who may recognise those pictured is asked to contact police on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference YY/013045/12.