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'We still don't really believe it' says woman who gave birth to a baby boy after seven miscarriages

A woman has said she still has to pinch herself after giving birth to a desperately wanted baby boy after having seven miscarriages.

Sam Bourner, from Hamstreet near Ashford, had the miscarriages over six years said it was an "indescribably terrible" period in her life and that she had almost given up hope of ever having a baby.

She found out she suffers from Hughes Syndrome after visiting a specialist hospital in London.

They treated her with aspirin and put a stitch in her cervix.

It was not long after that baby Noel was born.

Mrs Bourner said: "We still don't really believe it. Even though he's here we still think someone's going to come and take him away from us but it's just amazing, isn't it?"

Although she sort specialist treatment, Noel did have a twin who died while he was in the womb.

"We are not going to try again," Mrs Bourner. "He's a miracle and we are very happy and we don't need any more. He's perfect."

Sam Bourner had almost given up hope of ever having a child Credit: ITV Meridian

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Concern for missing 81-year-old Ashford man

Lewis Jones

Kent Police is appealing for information on the whereabouts of an 81-year-old man from Ashford reported missing.

Lewis Jones left his home address in Godinton Park, Ashford between 7.30am and 8am on 13 January to travel to Maidstone in his blue Ford Fiesta Finesse, which has the registration number T949 WWV.

He is believed to have travelled through Bearsted at around 10.45am but has not returned home nor contacted his relatives.

Police say it is out of character for Mr Jones to go missing. He requires regular medication and his family are extremely concerned for his welfare.

When last seen, Mr Jones was wearing a red top or coat. He is described as around 5ft 6ins tall, with a slim build and thinning grey hair. He has brown eyes and wears glasses.

Can you talk turkey?

You'd think they don't have much to shout about at this time of year, but a farm in Kent has released footage of their turkeys talking.

The footage was released by Ashford Farm Turkeys and shows the flock of birds responding to the farmer's 'turkey calls'.

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Vulnerable missing woman from Ashford

Officers carrying out enquiries following a report of a vulnerable missing person from the Ashford area are appealing for the public’s assistance.

Kent Police was called at 8.45pm last night to a report that Patricia Rosemary Hall, 68, had been missing from her home in Cherry Garden Lane, Wye, since 4.30pm.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare after she went missing while walking a black spaniel dog near her home in Wye.

Patricia Hall hasn't been seen since yesterday afternoon Credit: Kent Police

Mrs Hall is described as white, about 5ft 3ins tall, of slight build with blonde hair and glasses. She was wearing a bright pink top, grey trousers and blue shoes when she was last seen.

Anyone who has seen Mrs Hall or has information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact Kent Police on 101.

Baldrick praises Nursie's 'comic skills'

Actor and broadcaster, Sir Tony Robinson Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The actor and broadcaster Sir Tony Robinson has led tributes to Kent actress Patsy Byrne who starred alongside him in the BBC comedy Blackadder. In a radio interview, Sir Tony, who played Baldrick, said she had been like a mother to "her boys" on the set of the show.

He said: "She had unerring skill to make the daftest, silliest thing sound absolutely real and absolutely plausible. I remember seeing her in As You Like It and it was one of those parts wherethe actress usually goes 'de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum'.

"But the way she said it was so that each word was a revelation to her and I think that was oneof her great comic skills."

Stars pay tribute to Kent actress

Former Blackadder cast member Stephen Fry has tweeted a tribute to actress Patsy Byrne from Ashford, who played Nursie in the long-running series, calling her an "adorable woman". The actor John Challis, who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, has also paid his respects.

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