Police officers deliver a rough sleeper's baby on the streets of central London during rush hour

The mother and baby were quickly taken to University College Hospital

The area around Marble Arch is a hotspot for the capital's rough sleepers
The area around Marble Arch is a hotspot for the capital's rough sleepers

Police officers have delivered a baby during rush hour at a hotspot for rough sleepers in central London.

As reported by The Evening Standard, three police officers, alerted by morning commuters, rushed to help the woman, who went into labour next to Marble Arch at the north east corner of Hyde Park in London.

Assisted by ambulance staff over the phone, the police officers helped deliver the baby just after 8am.

The mother, who is understood to be a rough sleeper, and her baby were quickly taken to University College Hospital in Bloomsbury, about two miles away.

One witness told the paper: "It is just not what you expect to see on your way to the office."

Another called the officers "real heroes", and said they did a good job of calming the woman down and assisting her during labour.

Marble Arch, and other prominent sites in central London, have become hotspots for rough sleepers - homeless people can often be seen sleeping and gathering in the area close to Marble Arch, and the site is subject to regular visits from police officers and the Border Agency.

Westminster, the borough that is home to many of these hotspots, has the highest number of rough sleepers of any London borough, with around a quarter of the city's total. The number of rough sleepers in the area has risen steadily since 2008.

Westminster Council is currently working on its strategy to help rough sleepers through street outreach teams, including helping them find food and hostels, but the problem continues to mount.

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