An Accrington police officer turned into an emergency midwife when he helped deliver a baby girl in the street.
PC Simon Grounds, 24, was leaving Royal Blackburn Hospital at around 7.30am on Saturday (May 22) morning when he came across a pregnant woman and her partner.
The woman was in the late stages of labour and had arrived at the hospital in a taxi. Her partner called PC Grounds for help before rushing off to try and find a nurse.
PC Grounds said: "I was walking out of the main building when I saw the man shouting that his girlfriend was having a baby.
"I immediately ran over to the woman who was knelt down on a side road and was shouting for help.
"I tried to reassure her and asked her to stay calm because help was on its way, but she shouted the baby was coming. Seconds later she gave birth and I caught the baby in my arms."
But the drama wasn’t over, as the umbilical cord had become tangled perilously around the baby’s neck.
PC Grounds said: "I managed to free the umbilical cord which was wrapped around the baby girl’s neck and she started moving and crying.
Fortunately nurses and midwives arrived seconds later and took over."
The officer, who is a father of one and lives in St Helens, said it was a frightening but incredible experience to have been involved in an emergency birth.
He said: "It was a once in a lifetime experience. When my son was born it was in the hospital and I didn’t help. I’ve got more of an idea of what to do now if it ever happens again.
"It all happened so quickly. I’m just thankful the midwives at the hospital were nearby. The woman’s boyfriend was very grateful, he kept thanking me."
The mother and her new arrival are said to be doing well.