A police officer who helped deliver a baby outside a maternity unit ended up in hospital herself hours later after being injured tackling an unlicensed music event.
Details of Siobhan Singh’s dramatic Friday shift were disclosed to show the range of duties faced by Met officers.
It began when Pc Singh and her partner Isabella Taborro flagged down a vehicle being driven erratically near University College Hospital — only to discover the driver’s wife was in labour.
Pc Singh and Pc Taborro delivered baby Clara on the passenger seat minutes later.
The pair were then called to violence in White City, where officers were faced with a group who "became hostile".
A number of items were thrown at police, with Pc Singh hit by a missile. She went to hospital with a shoulder injury, while Pc Taborro injured her ankle.
Chief Superintendent Helen Harper said: “This one shift so clearly emphasises how a police officer’s day can move from the joy of helping to bring a new life into this world, to being targeted by an angry crowd.”
“I have nothing but praise for all of my officers who come into work not knowing what they will face.
“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.
“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.
“A total of eleven officers, based across the Met, were injured over the course of that Friday night, and I wish them all a swift recovery. PCs Singh and Taborro are recuperating from their injuries but will soon be ready to face all that policing in London has to offer.”
Clara’s mother Debra said: “My labour went really quickly and about a mile away from the hospital I felt like the baby was coming. We happened to drive past the police van and they pursued us as we were probably going a bit faster than allowed.
“We pulled up outside the hospital just as my daughter, Clara, was being born. Siobhan and Isabelle 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."