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Kind-hearted stranger returns Newbury teenager's lost phone

Bus engineer described as a 'one in a million' for giving phone back in person

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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Kind-hearted stranger returns Newbury teenager's lost phone

A THATCHAM man who personally returned a teenager’s lost phone has been described as “one in a million”.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Jones, of Russell Road, Newbury, had used his birthday money to purchase the Samsung Galaxy phone.

But he left it on the No 1 bus from Thatcham to Newbury on Saturday.

The devastated teenager, who is autistic, thought he’d never see his phone again.

Fortunately that was not the case, thanks to the efforts of the kind-hearted stranger who found it.

Engineer Robert Yellop, pictured, who works for Reading Transport, was unable to contact the rightful owner – because the phone was locked by a password – but kept the phone safe anyway.

He patiently waited for someone to make contact and when he got the call, he dropped the phone off to Adam in person. 

A delighted Adam, who attends post-16 classes at The Castle School, said: “It is brilliant. I’m really pleased I have my phone back. I was so upset when I thought I’d lost it. I felt terrible.”

Adam’s mother Pam said: “What Robert did was just amazing. He’s a one in a million. None of us ever expected to see that phone again. I can’t thank him enough.”

His aunt, Crystal Ennis, said: “Adam’s phone is his lifeline and he’s been really sad all weekend. It’s such a kind thing to do and shows there are good people out there.”

Mr Yellop was last month named as one of the Stars of the Month at Reading Buses for his commitment to excellence.

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