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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


Residents clash with Sussex port owners over expansion plans

More than 1600 people have signed a petition against plans to expand Newhaven Port in Sussex, saying it will mean the loss of a popular surfing beach.

The owners of the port want to build a new berth and develop an area of land next to Tide Mills beach. They say it's vital for the town to prosper.

But campaigners say the scheme would deprive the community of an important area for recreation. Malcolm Shaw spoke to local resident Geoff King and Norman Baker, MP for Lewes.

Schoolgirls who flew from Gatwick, thought to be heading to Syria, are "smart and determined"

A friend of three missing schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State has described her shock at their actions and called on them to return home.

Atlanta Broadbent, who goes to the same east London school as the girls, has known the trio for several years.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, flew to Istanbul in Turkey on Tuesday.

The three girls met at and travelled from Gatwick Credit: Metropolitan Police

They were really smart, they always turned up to their revision classes, they were determined in what they want to do. It just seems so weird how when they were thinking, it's like, what were they thinking? Individually they are all very close and just determined to do what they want to do. The memories with them, they just seemed so happy, we wouldn't think that they were going to do that.

– Atlanta Broadbent, school friend

The girls were last seen on February 17 at their home addresses in London. They then met and travelled to Gatwick airport where they boarded a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul.

Three arrested after Hampshire stabbing

West Street in Fareham Credit: Google Maps

Three men are being questioned after a man was found with serious stab injuries in Fareham.

Police were called to woodland near the town's railway station at 9.52pm on Friday evening, following reports of a man with serious injuries in West Street.

The victim had to undergo emergency surgery at Queen Alexandria Hospital and is currently recovering.

A 23-year-old man, a 26-year-old man and a 46-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of grievious bodily harm.

Officers responded swiftly and administered first aid to the victim before he was taken to hospital. Three men located near the scene were arrested, we are not looking for anyone else in connection to this incident and there is no wider threat to the public.

– Chief Inspector James Pegler, Hampshire Police


Soldier goes AWOL to fight Islamic State

There are unconfirmed reports that a soldier from East Sussex has gone absent without leave to fight IS in Syria and Iraq.

The unnamed 19-year-old from the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment was based in Cyprus but failed to return from a week's leave.

The Sun newspaper reports that he sent his parents a text message apologising for his actions.

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Petrol prices: what's the outlook?

Like the stuff itself, petrol and diesel prices are volatile. And whether you drive or not, your life is affected by them. When the cost of a litre started to skyrocket some years ago, freight organisations and drivers groups said it couldn't go on.

Well it hasn't - and much to many people's surprise, petrol's almost below a pound a litre - and according to the boss of Shell, prices will stay low for months. But what does this mean for companies, and consumers, around the south-east? David Johns has been finding out.

Bereaved family starts campaign to change Australian driving laws

The family and friends of a twenty-two year old backpacker, who was killed in a car crash in Australia, have started a campaign to change the driving laws there. Jade Fox, from Maidstone, was a passenger in a four-by-four vehicle being driven by a 19 year old tourist on Fraser Island. Jade's family say the driver was too young to cope with the sandy terrain. Jade's friends and family are now starting a petition to ban people under 25 from driving on Fraser Island. Andrea Thomas has this report. She spoke to Jade's sister Amy and her friend Remmi Sexton.

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