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Man appeals for help finding phone lost in Isle of Dogs, which contains photos of daughter’s first school

PUBLISHED: 13:21 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:21 14 August 2018

Emmanuel's replacement Samsung A3, similar to the one he lost while visiting his sister in the Isle of Dogs. Picture: Emmanuel Farrugia

Emmanuel's replacement Samsung A3, similar to the one he lost while visiting his sister in the Isle of Dogs. Picture: Emmanuel Farrugia

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A man is appealing for help to find his missing phone, which he said contains some irreplaceable memories.

Emmanuel may have lost the phone on a DLR train which he boarded at Royal Victoria Station. Picture: Ken MearsEmmanuel may have lost the phone on a DLR train which he boarded at Royal Victoria Station. Picture: Ken Mears

Emmanuel Farrugia, who lives in Hertfordshire, was visiting his sister in the Isle of Dogs on August 1 when he lost his phone on a Docklands Light Railway train.

He believes it went missing on either the DLR between Royal Victoria Docks and Cross Harbour, or between Cross Harbour and Strattondale Street.

“It must have been between 3-3.30pm,” he said.

“I was on the DLR, coming back from the Royal Victoria Docks beach and going from there to Cross Harbour on the Lewisham route.

“It wasn’t an overly busy train – it was about average, there were a few people on it.”

Emmanuel, who was born in Stepney, didn’t realise the phone was gone until about two hours later, when he’d driven home to Hertfordshire.

He said: “I went to get it out and couldn’t find it. I thought it had come out in my car, and basically, it wasn’t there.”

The 50-year-old contacted DLR and Transport for London, but was told no phones had been handed in. He also registered it on Report My Loss, an online lost property service.

He said the phone, which is about two years old, isn’t worth any money, but it’s the emotional significance which makes it valuable.

“It’s not the phone I care about,” he said.

“It’s the photos and videos on it. It was special events – the most recent were videos of my first visit with my daughter to the school she’s starting in September, the very first school she’s going to. There were also Halloween pictures, videos and things from birthdays. They include really special moments, like my daughter getting a bike for Christmas. It’s things like that.”

Emmanuel said the videos and photos weren’t backed up, so without the phone, he has no chance of seeing them again.

The phone is a black Samsung A3 in a dark case. It contains an SD card and is in fairly good condition, with no scratches.

Emmanuel is offering a £50 reward for anyone who finds it. Contact rhiannon.long@archant.co.uk if you have found the phone.

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