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'Call the police': Screams in Telford street turn out to be woman giving birth

By Mat Growcott | Telford | News | Published:

Police officers were called to reports of a domestic assault in Telford – only to find that the screams were coming from a woman giving birth.

Members of Telford Patrol responded to calls about a woman screaming loudly outside a house in Lorimer Place, High Ercall.

But when they got to the scene, West Midlands Ambulance Service had already arrived – and so had a new baby girl.

It happened before 5.30am today. New dad Connor Turner, 24, said mother and baby were both doing fine.

Paige Harker, 21, started getting contractions early this morning.

But when they left to get to the hospital, she was unable to get there in time.

The new baby girl, named Romi-Ann, was delivered by Paige's mother and Connor's mother.

Connor Turner, 24, said it had been a crazy morning.

"Where we live is a maisonette," he said. "It's two flights of stairs down to a public footpath. By the time she put her foot down on that path, her waters broke. There was nothing else we could do – the baby was on its way."

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Scary

With no medical assistance and no way to get Paige to the hospital, her mother, Haley, and Connor's mother Kerry stepped in to help.

It was a far cry from the birth of their first child, Reilly, where Paige was safely in hospital.

"I thought the first time was scary," Connor said. "When you have other people delivering the baby when they've never done it before, it's terrifying.

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"The baby was already delivered by the time the ambulance come. They helped put her in bed. Then the police arrived. Our mom's had to go out and explain what had happened."

Connor said he was glad his neighbours had jumped into action and called the police when they thought something was wrong.

"It was fantastic," he said. "It's High Ercall. Everybody knows each other. It is a very close community.

"Everybody came out to see what was going on."

Telford Patrol tweeted congratulating the new mother, adding: "Just been to a call for a domestic assault in progress, after a female heard screaming loudly outside an address

"Arrive to find West Midlands Ambulance Service on scene with the female and her five minute old baby.

"A delivery not a domestic, that explains the screams!"

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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