RESIDENTS of a Mottingham street witnessed dramatic scenes when an air ambulance landed to fly a seriously-burnt toddler to hospital.

Police blocked off Mottingham Road for an hour while paramedics treated the three-year-old girl, who had been scalded by boiling oil.

London Ambulance Service was called at 6.20pm on May 28 and it sent an ambulance, local duty officer and the air ambulance.

An LAS spokesman said: “The girl had suffered 20 per cent burns to her body. She was conscious and was treated at the scene to relieve the pain before the air ambulance arrived.”

It took 10 minutes for the chopper's pilot to fly the youngster to Battersea Helipad, from where she was rushed to the burns unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

A family member, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “She is doing as well as can be expected. She is still in the burns unit and is on a lot of pain relief.

“The hospital staff have got her a teddy bear and have put bandages on it to copy hers.

“The family are all going up to see her and stay with her. Her mum is coping well considering she has got a lot to deal with.”

Nearby resident Dave Bryant, who photographed the arrival of the air ambulance with his digital camera, said: “It was incredible to see such a large object land.”