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Teenager left stranded in town centre

PUBLISHED: 02:10 09 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

A TEENAGER was left stranded in Ipswich town centre after a bus driver told him he had time to go to the toilet and then drove off without him.

Jamie Hadley had got on to the Eastern Counties bus with his friends after a late night shopping trip but began to feel ill.

A TEENAGER was left stranded in Ipswich town centre after a bus driver told him he had time to go to the toilet and then drove off without him.

Jamie Hadley had got on to the Eastern Counties bus with his friends after a late night shopping trip but began to feel ill.

The 13-year-old, who had paid his 50 pence fare asked the driver how long it would be before the bus left the Tower Ramparts bus station because he needed to find a toilet. The driver told him he had eight minutes so Jamie quickly ran across the road to the Cricketer's Pub.

However, when he returned the driver closed the doors and drove off.

Despite running through town in an effort to catch up with the bus at another stop on its route to the Greenwich and Gainsborough area of town, Jamie found himself stranded.

Luckily he had a mobile phone, so called his parents Richard and Marie at their Mildmay Road home to tell them what had happened.

Mr Hadley said: "He rang me up and was angry and disappointed that the bus driver had driven off when he was back before it left. I told him to walk round the dock way and go to somewhere nice and bright and stay there.

"I picked him up at the garage at the bottom of Bishops Hill and followed the bus to Greenwich. I got on and approached the bus driver who said he had seen him but that the bus was full.

"He was quite apologetic and said he had then been going back for my son."

A female passenger on the bus and Jamie's friends are believed to have told the bus driver to let him on, but this made no difference, despite the fact he had already paid his fare.

Mr and Mrs Hadley, who have two other children, phoned Eastern Counties and were told that the bus driver had never seen Jamie waiting to get back on and that they would reimburse the 50p.

Mr Hadley said: "The attitude stinks. My boy was so upset and the fact that he was feeling really ill with stomach ache was the worst thing.

"He asked the driver how long he had got and thought the driver would wait."

Mr Hadley admitted that one of his first thoughts was that his son may have been misbehaving but was assured this was not the case.

He said: "I thought maybe he was being a bit abusive and I asked the driver if my son had been rude but he said he was a nice lad.

"My kids use the buses regularly and they're good kids. We tell them that once they're chucked off they won't be let back on so they've got to behave."

Mr Hadley had been in a meeting when Jamie called him but interrupted it immediately to collect his son.

"If it wasn't for me my son would have been left to walk home on his own," he added.

No one from the bus company was available to comment.


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