Police in Tower Hamlets stepped in to help deliver a baby on the pavement after they discovered a mother in labour.

PCs Steve Parmenter and Rob Ruston were on a routine patrol in the early hours of Friday, April 15, when they noticed a woman in Westferry Road leaning against a bollard in distress.

They stopped to offer assistance and found she was heavily pregnant and had gone into labour. Her husband had left her there to try and get help from a local medical centre.

The officers realised the mum-to-be was in the final stages of giving birth, as the baby’s head was crowning, and safely delivered a baby girl, wrapping her in a Metropolitan Police jacket to keep warm.

Medical staff from the Barkantine Birth Centre in Westferry Road assisted the officers and took the proud mum and dad inside for further medical help. Both mother and baby are fine.

PC Parmenter, from Tower Hamlets Borough’s Response Team 2 said: “I feel overwhelmed and extremely proud for someone so young in the job to have helped in this way and wish the parents and the baby well, it was a great end to a very difficult week.”

PC Ruston, from the same unit, said: “I was so pleased I could offer my help and assistance in delivering a beautiful baby girl. I was just doing my job and serving the community of London.”

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