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Mum gives birth early to fight cancer

Heidi Loughlin has given birth 12 weeks early Credit: Heidi Loughlin

A pregnant woman has given birth to her baby 12 weeks prematurely - so that she can begin treatment for breast cancer.

Heidi Loughlin, from Portishead, has a rare and aggressive form of the disease.

Doctors have recommended that she undertake intensive therapy, which could save her life, but would put the baby's health at risk. For months she's put her life at risk to save the life of her baby.

Today (Dec 11) Ally Louise Smith was born.

Keith and I are absolutely thrilled to announce the safe arrival of our daughter formally known as chocolate mousse.

She was born today via c section at 1237. She came out foot first and is breathing on her own. She weighs 2lb 5ozs. She has a Loughlin nose and she has more hair than me!!!

Will post photos soon but in the mean time please welcome Ally Louise Smith xxxxxx

– Heidi Loughlin


E-fit of bogus social worker

Police investigating the case of a bogus social worker have released an e-fit of a woman they want to speak to.

Anyone who recognises the woman is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

The incident happened on Deerhurst Place in Quedgeley on Wednesday afternoon. The woman, who claimed to be from Gloucestershire Social Services, was carrying a false badge.

She asked to check on the mother’s four-month-old son.

While no physical contact was made between the bogus social worker and the baby, she did check the baby’s heart beat with a stethoscope.

Police reveal details of bogus social worker

Police have released details of a woman claiming to be a bogus social worker who called on parents in Gloucestershire and examined their baby.

She's described as white with "slightly tanned skin", in her late 20s or early 30s, between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 7ins tall, with dark shoulder-length bobbed hair.

She had freckles on the left side of her face and wore a black trouser suit with a cream v-neck blouse with frills at the front.

Our inquiries are ongoing. We have visited houses in the area to warn local people and would urge everyone to be vigilant.

Remember, do not accept people into your house unless you are 100% sure you know who they are.

You can always tell them to stay outside until you have made your own inquiries and if you are suspicious in any way, then call police.

We have liaised with our partners at Gloucestershire social care services and they have alerted their staff to this incident.

– Detective Inspector Andy Dangerfield, Gloucestershire Police
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Police warning after bogus social worker examines baby

Police have urged parents to be vigilant after a bogus social worker called at a house and examined a baby.

The woman, who claimed she was from Gloucestershire social services, was carrying a false ID badge and a black zip-up folder.

She visited a mother in Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, and told her there were concerns for the welfare of her four-month-old son.

The bogus social worker examined a four-month old baby boy. Credit: PA Wire

The fake social worker asked to carry out checks and listened to the boy's heartbeat with a stethoscope during the incident on Wednesday.

Detective Inspector Andy Dangerfield, of Gloucestershire Police, said the woman did not have any physical contact with the baby.

"We don't know what the motivation for this was but clearly it is very concerning," Mr Dangerfield said.

Police have appealed for information about the woman, who is described as white with "slightly tanned skin", in her late 20s or early 30s and with dark shoulder-length bobbed hair.

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