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Wednesday, 24 July, 2002, 11:53 GMT 12:53 UK
Mothers warned of bogus midwife
Leicestershire Police
The "midwife" did not wear a uniform or show ID
New mothers have been warned about a bogus midwife making calls to people's homes in Leicestershire.

The middle-aged woman has been described as very plausible and asked one mother in Hinckley about her and her new child's health.

The "midwife" is known to have called at a house in Hinckley on Friday at 1130 BST but there may have been other occasions when people did not realise she was bogus.

Police have told parents to be aware of the woman and to ask any callers for identification.


If you are in any doubt you should not let the caller into your homes

Police sergeant Kevin Steptoe

The woman has been described as white, in her late 40s, 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build with strawberry blonde hair.

She did not wear a uniform or show any identification.

Sergeant Kevin Steptoe, of Leicestershire Police, said: "I advise anyone who receives a visitor such as this to thoroughly check the caller's identity with the organisation they claim to represent.

"Any genuine callers should not object to you doing this.

"If you are in any doubt you should not let the caller into your homes and should contact your local police station as soon as possible."


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