999 call of the quick-thinking five-year-old alerting police after mum gets trapped in Southmead
A QUICK-thinking five-year-old has been praised for alerting police after his mum and sister got trapped in a bedroom.
Rachel Clarke was in the room with her seven-year-old daughter Lauren who shut the door, trapping the couple in the room at their home in Lowther Road, Southmead.
But Jacob, who was with his two-year-old brother James, 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 Jacob's Mum and sister.
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Rachel said: “I am so proud of Jacob. 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 Jacob 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 Jacob 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 Jacob, while sending a police car to the house to help release his mum and sister.”