Essex

Baby named after officers who took woman to hospital

PC James Ireland and PC Dan Bellingham Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption PC James Ireland and PC Dan Bellingham took a woman in labour to hospital

A pregnant woman rushed to hospital by two police officers has said thank you - by naming her baby after them.

PCs James Ireland and Dan Bellingham were battling the rush hour traffic near Chelmsford, Essex, when they came across a panicked man whose wife was in the final stages of labour.

The officers blue-lighted the couple to hospital, where baby James Daniel arrived 10 minutes later.

PC Ireland, who is based in Stanway, said it was "an amazing job for us".

James' father Steve, who flagged the officers down on the A12, said they were "heroes".

"We felt that they definitely executed their duties with distinction," he said.

PC Ireland added: "We were more than happy to help the couple. We wish them all the best with their new addition."

Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Baby James Daniel has been named after the two police officers who took his mother to hospital

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