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Coventry police officer charged with child sex offences

An officer with West Midlands Police has been charged with five offences of indecency with a child.

PC Richard Chamberlain, 49 has been suspended from his role at Coventry Police Station and has been bailed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on 4 August.

He was arrested by officers from the public protection unit in October last year, following historical allegations of indecency with a child.

He has been charged with five offences, two indecent assaults on a child, then aged under 14 and three offences of gross indecency on a child aged under 14 at the time.


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Group defends mum over breastfeeding in swimming pool

A breastfeeding group in Northamptonshire has defended a mum who was asked to stop breastfeeding in a swimming pool.

Holly Mayes from Northamptonshire says a lifeguard at Billing Aquadrome asked her to go into the changing rooms.

Esther Stimpson, Co-chair, Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance, said: "With regards to the hygiene aspect, breast milk really is the last thing we should be worrying about in a swimming pool.

"Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers will be lactating anyway and could leak milk into the pool at any time.

"Babies can be sick at any time, not just if they're breast-fed, so for us it's not a concern. The baby was being comforted and reassured and being fed at the same time."

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Mum made to feel 'ashamed' over breastfeeding in pool

A mum who was asked to stop breastfeeding in a swimming pool in Northamptonshire said she was made to feel "ashamed".

Holly Mayes said: "I felt like I was ashamed because I felt like I was being made to feel like I was doing something wrong, and I wasn't. I was doing something that was natural and I wanted to do it for my baby."

Nick Allen, general manager of Billing Aquadrome said: "As a family friendly leisure location it's the most natural thing in the world, of course we'll support that, it was purely on a health and safety background that we advised her she maybe better off actually breastfeeding outside of the pool."

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