Worried police struggle to free dog from hot car – so they hand bystander hammer

A crowd cheered as a dog is saved from a hot locked car after a worried onlooker smashed a car window to free the animal.

Police officers were on scene as people gathered around the black BMW as an officer tries to burst through the glass with her baton.

The window is eventually smashed by a man believed to be a bystander and is met with a standing ovation as the dog is carried away from the car.

The incident happened outside the Borough Hotel on Marine Parade in Southend-on-Sea, Essex and was posted to Facebook by the page 'London Crime LDN'.

The video shows a police officer hit the driver side window with her baton, however it was not strong enough to break through the glass.

Bystanders are heard cheering and shouting "go on!" as a man gives the police officer a hammer which was met with a large cheer and clap from the crowd.

One woman is heard shouting: "Do it, now, do it" as a young boy covers his ears for protection.

The officer appears to speak into her radio before whacking the window four times.

Yet, the window refuses to shatter.

The unsatisfied crowd demands the officer whack it harder. The man who offered the hammer in the first instance offers to smash it for her. The crowd cheer once more.

The man hurls the hammer forward and smashes the BMW window which was met with rapturous applause.

Another angle shows the extent of the crowd watching as many bystanders are seen clapping and fist pumping the air in joy.

Police officers surround the window as they try and rescue the dog trapped inside.

The dog is eventually lifted from the car and the crowd cheer and clap a the canine is carried away to safety.

This comes after police in Plymouth, Devon were forced top smash a car window to save a dog from the sweltering heat on Wednesday.

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