Baby born on pavement near Mercedes garage is “doing well” at Homerton hospital

14:23 18 October 2013

Linda Fimpong, who gave birth to baby Mercedes near a Mercedes Benz garage, is recovering in Homerton hospital

Linda Fimpong, who gave birth to baby Mercedes near a Mercedes Benz garage, is recovering in Homerton hospital


An ordinary day on the beat took an unexpected turn for three police officers this morning, when they were asked to help deliver a baby girl at the side of the road.

Linda Akinyemi, 28, was on her way to Homerton Hospital in a taxi with her husband and aunt after going into labour with her second child last Thursday – but her new daughter decided she wasn’t going to wait until then before she made an appearance.

The taxi was forced to pull over at the side of the road in Rick Roberts Way, Stratford, and after calling an ambulance, husband Christopher spotted three police officers who had pulled over a car nearby and went running over to ask them for help.

Mr Akinyemi, 31, who is a Nigerian Afro-beats singer, said: “When I saw the police officers, they were apprehending three suspects. When I approached them, they thought I was a suspect too. I gave the phone to a female police officer so I could help my aunt lay my wife down on the pavement.”

Mrs Akinyemi was then taken to Homerton Hospital in Homerton Row with her newborn. Speaking from there this morning she said: “It’s like a miracle. I wasn’t nervous. I just wanted the baby out. I felt like pushing.

“It was only when my aunt was helping deliver the baby that I became nervous. You don’t know what can happen. Everyone around me, including the police, looked nervous.”

Despite initial misgivings, the couple have decided to call the baby Mercedes after the garage she was born next to.

Mr Akinyemi, 31, said: “They are a great company. They have been in business for a long time. That’s a sign my daughter is going to be something special when she grows up.”

Pc Robert Morgan, was one of two officers from Tower Hamlets Safer Transport Team, who helped the Akinyemi family. He said: “We deal with all sorts of incidents, however I wasn’t expecting this!”

Mercedes Akinyemi was born at 1.18pm yesterday and weighed 6lb 4oz. Her parents said she is “doing well”.


Latest News Stories

Friday, November 27, 2015
Demonstrators march down Whitehall during the 'Let's Save the NHS' rally and protest march by junior doctors in London last month

Medics claim they have been “pushed into a corner” by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, after voting for the first ever “all out” strike in the history of the NHS.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Memori Ahmun

Police are appealing for information to help trace a missing teenage girl from Hackney.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Kirk Wynter

A father-of-three who tried to kill a prostitute was jailed for 17 years after being identified by his scorpion tattoo.

Friday, November 27, 2015
London Ambulance Service has been recommended for special measures following a CQC report

London Ambulance Service rated inadequate and put into special measures by the CQC

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Ashley Walters at the launch of the Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy at Stoke Newington School in 2012. Picture: Carmen Valino

Rapper and actor Ashley Walters will appear at crown court over two accusations of threatening behaviour and one of racially aggravated harassment in Upper Street’s Hilton Hotel on May 3.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
The man police want to trace

A woman’s body was left with cuts after a man wearing a straw trilby hat allegedly attacked her with a fluorescent light tube after their dogs got into a fight in Hoxton.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
An artist's impression of the Tiger Way development, bordering Hackney Downs

Parents with youngsters at two primaries are in turmoil since it was announced the schools have been earmarked for demolition.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Shoreditch Park and the Brittania Leisure Centre are under threat from development of the Crossrail project

Hackney Council has slammed plans for Crossrail 2 which involve the demolition of Britannia Leisure Centre or the imposition of a two-storey structure in Shoreditch Park after six years churning it up.

Most read news


Section Boys, Big Tipper, Big Narstie, Lady Leshurr, Trapstar, and UFest street team members

We’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to give away to watch some of the country’s best and brightest urban music talent at UFest, London’s official youth festival.

MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Hackney Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder