‘Absolutely wonderful’ reunion delights former Newham editor

PUBLISHED: 14:58 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:58 02 August 2016

The Newham Recorder two months after April - now Kiran - was found

The Newham Recorder two months after April - now Kiran - was found


A woman who was abandoned in a phone box when she was just an hour old has been reunited with the man who found her – to the delight of a former Recorder editor.

Kiran Sheikh, now 22, was found in Forest Gate in 1994 by Joe Campbell – but it has taken until now for the two to meet again.

When she was found, Ms Sheikh was named April – after the month in which she was born – and the Recorder ran numerous stories in a bid to encourage her parents to come forward.

Ms Sheikh was later adopted, but Mr Campbell continued to send gifts to her until social services asked him to stop.

“It’s so amazing to have been reunited with him,” Ms Sheikh told the Metro after Mr Campbell responded to a newspaper appeal to find him.

“He’s my hero.”

Colin Grainger, former editor of the Recorder and then an associate editor, said the story was “followed weekly” until Ms Sheikh was adopted.

“It is absolutely wonderful that Kiran has found her rescuer Joe,” Mr Grainger said. “That moment of meeting must have been something special for both of them.”

He added: “Throughout my career I have always written with and encouraged my reporters to write with emotion.

“Despite the image hardened hacks have, we do love a happy ending. And they don’t get much happier than this.”

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