Wednesday 25th January 11am.
The park was used as an emergency landing pad for a medical helicopter to ferry the victim of a road accident to hospital in London. The patient had suffered severe head injuries when she fell from her bike in Stanford Avenue, apparently trying to avoid a pedestrian. Early reports said the injuries were not life-threatening.
To speed her journey to specialist care, a helicopter landed in the dog-free area, the first time that an aircraft has been known to fly into and out of the park.
It was recorded on video by Mick Jefford, to whom we’re grateful for giving permission for it to be posted here. Click on the picture to watch it.
The following day, The Argus published this story.