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Girl born on commuter train

A baby girl has been born on a busy commuter train 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. The baby, named Pheobe is "doing OK."

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Train baby witness: 'I heard a lady shout out - it's a girl!'

Commuter Neil Perkins, 22, a recruitment consultant from Maidstone, was sitting close to Miss Banks before she went into labour. He said his "jaw dropped" when he realised she had given birth.

He said:

We got to West Malling and the train stopped. The driver asked for anyone who was a doctor or nurse to make themselves known, and I thought someone had been taken ill.

I jumped off the train and I saw everyone running to the carriage behind us. I called my mate to see if he could pick me up and then the lady started screaming. They were big screams.

I was a bit worried for her, but the driver ran up and said not to worry, someone had just gone into labour.

The lady was screaming quite loudly, and me and a South African lady were saying that the ambulance needs to hurry up.

Then, minutes later, I heard a lady shout out 'It's a girl!' I was just in shock.

As I walked down I could see the mum wrapping the baby in a jumper or something and giving it a cuddle.

It was madness, then the ambulance turned up. It was a really exciting moment. I have never witnessed anything like it.

I hope the girl gets free train tickets for life.

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