Passenger locked away

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A BUS driver was sacked after he 'forgot' a mentally handicapped passenger he was driving home and locked her in the depot.

The distraught mother of 29-year-old Anita Chalmers called in the police when her daughter failed to arrive home at Tilehurst, Berkshire, from a training centre in Reading.

It took officers three hours to find the Down's syndrome sufferer huddled in the back of a council social services bus, parked in a depot in Reading. The driver thought he had completed his round and had gone home for the weekend.

A Berkshire County Council spokesman said: 'We very much regret that this has happened . . . the driver concerned has been dismissed.'