The moment every parent dreads - police called as boy gets lost in Norwich city centre

First bus driver Chris Blake who helped a child who got on his bus, separated from his mum.
Photo by Simon Finlay. First bus driver Chris Blake who helped a child who got on his bus, separated from his mum. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Monday, February 3, 2014
5:54 PM

It is every parent’s worse nightmare to discover their child is lost in a busy city centre.

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But one mum in Norwich went through just that, when her young son was separated from her, sparking a police call-out and a frantic 30 minutes before they were reunited.

The boy, believed to be four, separated from his mother in Norwich city centre at about 6pm on Friday.

He walked on to a bus waiting outside Debenhams, on Red Lion Street, to be met by bus driver Chris Blake, 61, of Mountfield Avenue, Hellesdon, who was dropping passengers off.

Mr Blake said: “This little boy just appeared asking if his mummy was on the bus and said that he had lost her.

“He was very upset but such a lovely little boy. Two teenage girls helped to entertain him whilst I went upstairs on the top deck to look for his mum.”

It became clear that the boy’s mum was not on the bus and was nowhere to be seen, so Mr Blake called the police.

He said: “I explained to the young boy that I would have to call someone to help look after him until we found his mum. “I didn’t mention to him the word ‘police’ as I didn’t want to frighten him.”

Mr Blake added: “The boy thought his mum was following him but I think the mum thought her son was following her and they got separated.

“It is so awful when your child is lost.”

Sophia France, 19, of Vincent Road, Norwich, was on her way home back from work when she saw the drama unfold. She said: “There was a commotion. It was really confusing, so I asked the bus driver what was happening and he said that a little boy was lost.

“It was incredibly worrying as the boy seemed very distressed; I just wanted to hug him!

“After around 15 minutes I saw a police officer take the little boy away.”

When a police officer arrived, police received from the mum and they were then able to reunite the pair.

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