Notts County fans smash car window to give emergency first aid at Hucknall Tram Stop

Victoria Cooper, 29, and her partner, Matthew Fletcher, helped to give emergency treatment to a man
Victoria Cooper, 29, and her partner, Matthew Fletcher, helped to give emergency treatment to a man

Notts County fans gave emergency treatment to a man who wasn't breathing in his car.

Victoria Cooper, aged 29, had been for breakfast in Hucknall town centre on Saturday, December 8, with her partner and friends before returning to the car park at Hucknall Tram Stop .

Ms Cooper was on the way to catch the train to Mansfield to watch the Magpies take on the Stags in the local derby away at the One Call Stadium.

While waiting, Ms Cooper heard "a gate rattle" and saw a silver car near the car park exit at around 11.20am.

Mum-of-one Ms Cooper, a pre-school practitioner who lives at James Drive, Calverton, rushed over with the rest of her group.

Ms Cooper said: "When I looked in the car I said, 'We need to get him out now'. They realised I was quite serious.

"Usually I'm quite a jokey person and they knew the difference in my tone of voice and knew straight away something was wrong.

"It took a couple of minutes to smash a window. He had slumped over to his left-hand side. It seemed strange - I knew he was not breathing."

After the man was dragged out, Ms Cooper took it in turns with a passerby to give him chest compressions, while her partner called an ambulance.

She added: "When I first started, because I just took control of the scene, I did a good five minutes of chest compressions and a lady asked me if I needed help and she took over"

"I do not know her name.

"She took over and did 60 repetitions and then I started again."

A first responder from the ambulance service came out before an ambulance arrived.

Ms Cooper said she and the woman carried on doing CPR and got the man to breathe again before an ambulance arrived.

Ms Cooper, who works at Woodborough Village Pre-School and has been trained in first aid since the age of 13, said she would do the same again if ever she found herself in a similar situation.

She and her partner Matthew Fletcher, 31, who works for a kitchen manufacturing company, caught the train to the game after the incident at around 11.45am with friends John Gregory and David Tippit.

Their friends helped to direct traffic in the car park while the man was being treated.

Mr Fletcher, a Magpies season ticket holder, said it was a "panicky situation" and praised his partner.

He said: "Obviously if it was not for all of us I am not sure what would have happened."

The Stags ran out 2-0 winners against the Magpies thanks to a CJ Hamilton brace in Neal Ardley's first League Two game as County boss.

An East Midlands Ambulance spokesman said the "patient was taken to hospital in a serious condition".

He added: “We received a call at 11.18am on December 8 to Hucknall Tram Stop in Hucknall.

"The caller reported that someone was experiencing a medical emergency in a car.

"We sent a community first responder, a paramedic in an ambulance car, a crewed ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team, and one patient has been taken to Queen’s Medical Centre.”

Nottinghamshire Police have said a 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and taking a vehicle without consent. He has been discharged from hospital and released by police under investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who has any information is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 331 of 8 December.

Story courtesy of Notts Live