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Baby dies from blood poisoning after contracting infection

A baby has died from blood poisoning at a hospital in London from what's believed to be a contaminated drip. 14 other babies have also developed septicaemia.

  • At this stage we know the babies are at six hospitals across England, 3 of them are in the capital
  • Public Health England says many of the babies are premature. An investigation into the cause of the contamination is underway

Family flee arson attack: Police statement

Detective Constable Chris Hike, of Brighton CID, said: "This was a lucky escape for the family. Had they been asleep at the time the consequences could have been serious.

"Next to the house is a path linking Dorothy Road and Old Shoreham Road, and I would ask anyone who was in the area at around 10pm on Saturday or who has any information as to how the fire may have started to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email, quoting serial 1444 of 10/5.

"Alternatively they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555111."


Family including nine-month-baby flee home after arson attack

A family and their nine-month-old baby were forced to flee from their home after a suspected arson attack.

The blaze broke out in a plastic garden shed at a property standing at the junction of Dorothy Road and Old Shoreham Road in Hove at 10pm on Saturday.

It quickly engulfed a rear-facing kitchen window and realising the fire was too big to fight themselves, the occupants grabbed their baby from upstairs and got out through the front door.

A passing police patrol spotted the fire and radioed for the fire and rescue service to attend.

Fire crews quickly doused the fire before it could further damage the property, but the cause is being treated as suspicious and is now being investigated as possible arson.


'Train baby' Phoebe doing well

Proud dad, Allan Stanley, with mum, Sonia Banks and baby Phoebe Credit: Invicta Kent Media

The father of a baby girl born on a train packed full of commuters during rush hour in Kent has said: "It feels like I'm on cloud nine."

Allan Stanley, 21, was travelling back to his mother's home with her and his partner Sonia Banks, 22, when the contractions started.

Moments later, on Thursday night's 18:18 London to Kent train, Miss Banks gave birth to a "perfectly healthy" 6lb 13oz baby called Phoebe.

Passengers delight at early arrival

A woman has given birth to a baby girl on a packed Kent commuter train.

Sonia Banks, 22, was on the 18:18 London Victoria to Maidstone East when the contractions began.

The Southeastern train driver put out a plea for help and luckily a midwife, nurse and off-duty police officer were fellow travellers and helped with the delivery.

Baby Phoebe was a fighting-fit 6ib 13oz and mum and daughter are doing well in hospital.

We speak to passenger Sophia Looney who was on the train and commuters at West Malling, the station where the ambulance picked up Sonia and Phoebe.

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