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  • 25 April 2014, 14:18

Bogus Social Worker Examines Newborn

An investigation has been launched after a woman claiming to be a social worker called at a house in Gloucestershire and examined a baby.

The woman, carrying a fake ID badge and a black zip-up folder, visited a new mother in Quedgeley on Wednesday at around 2pm claiming to be from Gloucestershire social services.

She told the mother there were concerns about the welfare of her four-month-old son.

The woman then listened to the child's heartbeat with a stethoscope.

Detective Inspector Andy Dangerfield, of Gloucestershire Police, said: "We don't know what the motivation for this was but clearly it is very concerning.

"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."

The woman is described as white with "slightly tanned skin" and dark shoulder-length bobbed hair.

She is in her late 20s or early 30s and is around 5ft 6ins tall.

Police said she had freckles on the left side of her face and was wearing a black trouser suit with a cream v-neck blouse with frills at the front.

A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire County Council said: "When a social worker calls at your house you will be shown an ID badge, and the reasons for the visit will be explained to you.

"If you doubt whether the visit is genuine, you should call Gloucestershire County Council on 01452 425000 and the visit will be verified."

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