'Phonebox baby' reunited with man who found her 22 years ago

Kiran Sheikh was reunited with Joe Campbell at Metro’s offices (Picture Credit: National)

Kiran Sheikh was only two hours old when she was abandoned on April 30, 1994. Her mother, who was trapped in an abusive relationship, then called the Samaritans, urging them to come quickly for the baby.

But before they arrived at the call box in Forest Gate, east London, she was found by Joe Campbell, then 30, who called police after seeing what he first thought was ‘a bag of chips’.

Mr Campbell, now 52, sent gifts and birthday cards for the first five years of her life, but then social services asked him to cut ties. ‘I was allowed a picture with her, which I kept,’ added Mr Campbell, who said he asked about adopting the baby himself, but was turned down as he was not married.

But he never forgot her and later often spoke to his own five children – aged from seven to 17 – about their ‘adopted sister’.

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