A paramedic and a police officer fell in love during a 999 callout - to a fight at a fried chicken shop.

London Ambulance Service worker Paige Wilkins and Metropolitan Police copper Rob Wilkins' "eyes met" when they arrived at the "chaotic" scene of the takeaway brawl in north London.

They each got on with their jobs before Rob, 30, knocked on Paige's ambulance door to ask for some wipes for his bloodstained top.

They had quick chat before Rob was called to another incident - but Paige, 29, memorised his badge and later tracked him down on Facebook.

By chance, the day before the incident, Rob had deleted the dating apps off his phone, hoping to meet someone 'naturally'.

And it was his last night ever shift when he met Paige.

Enfield Independent: London Ambulance Service worker Paige Wilkins, 29, and Metropolitan Police copper Rob Wilkins, 30,

Five years later, the pair have recalled meeting on the Evening Standard's dating podcast 'London Love' with Katie Strick.

Speaking on the latest episode of the podcast, Paige said: “I was on a night shift, it was my second incident of the night and we get vague details: it was in a chicken shop, there was a fight and police were on scene.

“I remember walking in. It was quite chaotic."

After both patients declined medical help, Paige returned to her ambulance before she heard a knock on the door.

She said: “Rob had some blood on his shirt, so he knocked and asked if he could have some wipes. I was writing up my notes and Rob was cleaning his shirt.”

“I remember he had this tight, white top on. He definitely smiled at me and then we just chatted, there was definitely some emergency in the air.”

Paige noted Rob’s name badge, and after a successful social media search with her housemate, she found him on Facebook and sent him a message.

An astounded Rob "couldn't believe his eyes" when he got it, and the pair agreed to go for a drink.

Rob said: “I suggested we go for a drink in Leicester Square and Soho - Paige hadn’t explored much around there so I got to show her some of my favourite places."

After a successful date that left Paige's face "hurting" from their laughter, the pair stuck it out and are today married.

During the interview, the couple also discussed the difficulties of shift work and looking after each other during the pandemic in their frontline roles.

Paige said: “When I come home, I want my husband to be there for me. Someone looking out for me and my welfare, that’s what I think love is.”

Asked what advice he would give people struggling in the dating world, Rob said: "Appreciate each other as people first, then build a relationship from there. It’s going to last longer if you set the foundations correctly.”