Two female police officers who delivered a baby inside a car went on to suffer injuries when they battled to shut down an illegal rave later on the same shift.
Siobhan Singh and Isabella Taborro were on patrol in central London on July 3 when they spotted a vehicle being driven erratically.
They eventually caught up with the car outside the University College Hospital in Bloomsbury, where they discovered the driver’s wife was in labour.
While other officers entered the hospital to alert staff to the situation, PC Singh and PC Taborro were called into action, delivering baby Clara in the front seat of the car.
Clara’s mother, Debra, said: ‘Siobhan and Isabella came round to the passenger side and immediately helped me and assisted delivering the baby.
‘They were both calm and collected and also very cheerful. I felt very reassured having them there. I cannot thank them enough for bringing our daughter Clara safely into the world.’
Their shift was far from over, however, and they were soon called to an unlicensed music event in Hammersmith and Fulham.
Siobhan Singh and Isabella Taborro were on patrol in central London on July 3 when they spotted a vehicle being driven erratically by a motorist whose wife was in labour (Pictured: PC Taborro with Debra and baby Clara)
Both officers were hurt after being met with violence, with PC Singh suffering a shoulder injury after being struck by a projectile and PC Taborro sustaining injuries to her ankle.
Police branded those attending the illegal block party in White City, west London ‘disgusting inhuman thugs’ after officers had bottles thrown at them and were threatened with a knife.
At one stage almost 200 riot police and two helicopters were at the scene.
Chief Superintendent Helen Harper, borough commander for Central West, said both PC Singh and PC Taborro are recuperating from their injuries.
‘Their ability to provide comfort and reassurance to a woman giving birth in a car highlights their humanity, and the sometimes unseen side of policing,’ she said.
‘To then be called to an event that has got out of hand and is causing disruption to a local community, and be ready to face violence, is just as impressive.’
Pictured: Riot police attend an unlicensed music event in White City, west London on July 3
Both officers were hurt after being met with violence, with PC Singh suffering a shoulder injury after being struck by a projectile and PC Taborro sustaining injuries to her ankle
Officers were forced to retreat from the party in west London after they were showered with glass as they tried to break up ‘an unlicensed music event’.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the mass street party as ‘disgraceful’.
He said: ‘Violence against the police will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be caught and prosecuted.’
According to Scotland Yard: ‘Officers attempted to engage the crowd in order to get them to leave the location but the group became hostile. A number of items were thrown at police, who retreated in order to regroup.
‘Shortly after, specially trained public order officers entered the estate to disperse the group. They were met with further hostility and violence.’
Seven officers were injured during the incident.