Sonny is a 'blue light' baby!

When Normanby baby Sonny Bruin is old enough to ask about the day he was born his parents will have a story to tell – which was viewed by more than 49,000 Teessiders on Facebook.

Yesterday was Sonny’s due date yet he was actually born on June 26 after making a rushed entry into the world with his own police escort.


Mum Hayley Vallily, 30, who is an office manager at Normanby’s Manor House surgery, waters had broken and she was experiencing contractions at home when at about 3am she knew it was time to get to hospital.

Hayley and partner Jamie Bruin, 34, a shopfitter, who already have a son Frankie, 4, had the hospital bag ready to go and were reasonably calm when they set off, until they hit a roadblock between them and the hospital. Police had blocked the road due to a vehicle collision.

“We were both pretty chilled but the pain had been getting a bit much,” explains Hayley. “You know it’s going to be quicker with your second and he was arriving early so when Jamie saw the roadblock he had to get out and speak to the officer. He was only going to ask if there was a quick way round.”

Yet when police dog handler Darren Williamson heard Jamie say the phrase “She’s in labour, mate!” as a fellow dad-of-two he decided to do all he could to help the couple.

PC Williamson gave Jamie and his labouring partner a blue light escort direct to James Cook University Hospital. He explains: “It’s the first time in 12 years as a police officer I’ve ever been in this situation.

“As police officers we’re often there at the worst time in people’s lives so it’s always a privilege to be involved in one of the happiest. We don’t always get to hear the outcome of things we’re involved in so I’m pleased to hear that all went well and they have a healthy little boy.”

Indeed, the couple made it to the hospital right on time with Sonny making an appearance just a couple of hours later.

Hayley said: “We just couldn’t believe he was taking us all the way to James Cook, it was amazing and a bit crazy. Nothing like this has happened to us before! My partner loved being able to get through the traffic and Sonny was born quite quickly afterwards so it’s lucky we had that help!”

Sonny, who weighed in at 6lb 12 oz, was joined by brother Frankie and mum and dad to meet PC Williamson after the officer talked about the job on social media and it received huge interest.

The post on Cleveland Police’s Facebook page was liked more than 1.5k times and viewed by more than 49k people! Many of the more than 100 comments were Teessiders offering the new parents their best wishes and wondering whether the baby was a boy or a girl.

Hayley added: “Frankie has been so excited to meet a police officer – it’s something he’ll be able to tell his brother about when he’s older!”.