Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Probe into Gosport 'bogus' health visit

Health chiefs and police have begun an investigation after two suspected bogus care workers visited the home of a newborn baby in Hampshire.

The women called at an address in Old Road, Gosport, dressed in what appeared to be NHS uniforms. They were let in and one of them briefly held the child.

Health service checks were made but the women callers could not be identified.

Police have reassured parents and are not treating the visit, on the evening of 31 March, as an attempted abduction.

Details have just been released after detectives completed a series of checks with Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Blue cardigans

Det Sgt Gary Shirley said the baby's parents were present throughout and the women had made no attempts to take the child away.

"Incidents like this are extremely rare and I would like to reassure all parents that there is no suggestion that these women wanted either to harm this baby or take it away," he added.

"We understand that this may cause alarm to parents, but this is an isolated incident."

Both women were aged in their mid-30s to mid-40s and were wearing blue tops, darker blue trousers and cardigans with name badges on them.

Nicky Adamson Young, children's services divisional director at Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Health visitors do not routinely work in the evenings and, if they do, will always make an appointment before they visit.

"They will always carry identification cards with them and should show them when they call at an address.

"In some cases social workers may call at a home outside normal hours and without making an appointment, however they will always have identification on them which you will be able to check."

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