Two police officers got a surprise last weekend when they were unexpectedly flagged down to help deliver a baby.

PC Martin Lindsley and PC Dennis Lewis were making their way to the police station for their lunch break when a member of the public signalled for their help in central Middlesbrough, and were led to a house where a woman was close to giving birth.

PC Lewis took control of relaying information from ambulance control room as PC Lindsley helped to deliver the baby girl.

The officers ensured that the baby was breathing until paramedics arrived and took mother and baby to hospital.

Mum Lucie Behakova and five-day-old baby Amilie Behakova yesterday met up with the officers who came to their aid.

Amilie was born weighing 6lbs 4oz and mother and baby are doing well at home, alongside Amilie’s big sisters Sofia, aged five, and Natalie, aged eight.

PC Lewis said: “Thankfully the man on the end of the phone at ambulance control was extremely helpful and he knew exactly what we needed to do to help mum and baby.

“The whole thing was surreal really!”

Mum, Lucie Behaklova, said: “The policemen were the first people to see Amilie. We were lucky that they were passing at that time. I think the officers were in shock about what happened but they were happy to have been able to help.”

PC Lindsley said: “We were led into a house where everyone was in a bit of a panic, we didn’t know what to expect and then we saw a woman giving birth. I never expected to deliver a baby as a policeman. Congratulations to mum and the rest of the family.”