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Essex Police: Victoria Place; officers help deliver baby
September 17, 2012, 10:55 am
A team of quick-thinking police officers are beaming after being credited for safely delivering a baby girl in north-east Essex.
The officers had been dealing with a fight outside a block of flats on Victoria Place in Brightlingsea at 1am on Saturday, September 8 when they were flagged down by 24-year-old old Ramon Hayward who stated his partner, 20-year-old Chelsea Nolan, was about to give birth in the communal hallway of the building.
Constables Kirsty Lucas, David Wren and Sgt Simon Tattersall arrived to find 20-year-old Chelsea Nolan in advanced labour. They helped the woman give birth to a baby girl before paramedics whisked mother, father and child to Colchester General Hospital.
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Pc Wren, aged 44 and with nine years service, helped to deliver the baby while his colleagues offered verbal and practical support.
He said: “After nearly ten years in the job, this is the first time Ive delivered a baby on duty. It was a fabulous experience being the first to hold the baby as I passed her to mum who was amazing throughout the whole incident.”
Pc Lucas, aged 31 and with six years service, said: “Little Annie is gorgeous. I feel privileged to have been part of such a wonderful experience. I never imagined that during my tour of duty I would be delivering a baby with my colleagues. I recall telling Chelsea she had given birth to a little girl and the delight in her face was amazing. The experience will live with me forever.”
Mr and Mrs Nolan said: “Were extremely proud of Annie and are extremely grateful to these officers who are our new best friends. Were not sure what we would have done without them.”
Sgt Tattersall, aged 39 and with 14 years service, added: “Afterwards we drove back to the police station, knowing that we had just been part of something pretty amazing.”
Pc Wren, himself a father-of-three, said: “One minute we were dealing with a fight and the next we were delivering a baby. It was a surreal moment.”
Clactons district commander, Chief Insp Cat Barrie, called it “Essex Police at its best”.
Annie was born weighing 6lb 8oz. Both mother and baby are in good health and at home.