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London policeman rescues trapped baby by punching through car window

Baby is reportedly safe but Lewisham police officer suffered cuts to his arm and hand

Rose Troup Buchanan
Thursday 07 May 2015 22:19 BST
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Handon Road - where the incident took place
Handon Road - where the incident took place (Google maps)

A South London policeman used his hand to punch through a car window and rescue a trapped baby yesterday.

Lewisham police were called to Handen Road, South London, yesterday evening after a mother locked her one-year-old child inside her vehicle and lost the keys.

The “distraught” mother was reunited with her child after one of the officers, named on Twitter as PC Dan, smashed one of the windows in and retrieved the child.

The child was reportedly safe and well, but the unidentified officer had to be taken to hospital with cuts to his arm and hand.

On Twitter, where the officer’s actions have been mostly praised, some questioned why the policeman had not used his baton.

“I’ve always been taught never to baton to break a window. Have a habit on bouncing & get glass stuck,” one Twitter user wrote.

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