Quick thinking five-year-old helps his trapped mum out of her bedroom in Southmead, Bristol
By matt_2009 | Thursday, February 14, 2013, 09:35
The quick-thinking action of five-year-old Luke Reece - who called police after his mother became trapped in her bedroom - has been praised.
Quick thinking five-year-old helps his trapped mum out of her bedroom in Southmead, Bristol.
Luke's mum, Rachel Clarke, was in the bedroom when her seven-year-old daughter accidentally shut the door, trapping them in the room at their home in Lowther Road, Bristol.
But Luke, who was with his two-year-old brother, didn't panic and called the police on 999 and asked them to help.
An officer from Southmead police station arrived at the house shortly afterwards and was able to release Luke's Mum.
Rachel said: "I am so proud of Luke. It is the first time that he had used the phone. I was in a mad panic. We had been doing some work on the door and the bar was not attached to the handle. My daughter shut the door accidentally and we couldn't get out.
"The whole incident was made worse because I had lost my voice and was struggling to give Luke instructions on what to do and it was not easy shouting the instructions to him through the closed door.
"Initially I was going to ask him to go round to the neighbour's house and get help but he had his two-year-old brother with him, so I could not risk them going outside on their own."
Southmead neighbourhood inspector Mark Runacres said: "When Luke realised Mum could not get out of the bedroom he called 999 and asked for the police's help.
"The call handler was able to find out what had happened and reassure Luke, while sending a police car to the house to help release Luke's mum and sister."