Hunt for bogus health visitor

By Dave GooderhamPOLICE have launched a hunt for a woman who posed as a health visitor and tried to examine a young child.Police are now warning parents to remain vigilant and have praised a mother who stopped the woman from coming into her house in Haverhill after she asked to check the health of her child.

By Dave Gooderham

POLICE have launched a hunt for a woman who posed as a health visitor and tried to examine a young child.

Police are now warning parents to remain vigilant and have praised a mother who stopped the woman from coming into her house in Haverhill after she asked to check the health of her child.

She is now being supported by Suffolk police and members of the Suffolk West Primary Care Trust after the incident in Landseer Court at about 11.40am yesterday.

A police spokesman said: “The woman at the address in Haverhill did exactly the right thing and requested to see some identification.

“As none was provided, the caller was asked to leave. Police are in the process of making a number of inquiries to determine if the call was genuine.”

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The incident has shocked the community and calls have been made for residents to remain on their guard.

Borough councillor Jeremy Farthing, whose ward covers part of Haverhill, said: “It is horrendous that such a thing could happen.

“All we can do until this person is apprehended is to tell everyone in Haverhill and the surrounding area to be on their guard against bogus callers.”

He added: “The female resident responded absolutely correctly in the circumstances and her behaviour was exemplary.

“It is bad enough when you hear about these bogus callers posing as members of the gas board and robbing elderly or vulnerable people.

“But to pose as a health visitor and ask to see a child is a whole new aspect - it is potentially even worse.”

A spokesman for Suffolk West Primary Care Trust said all general practitioners and health visitors in the area had been contacted about the incident.

He added: “We are working with police to support the family. Members of the public should always ask for identification from health visitors as all genuine health visitors will carry a photo identification, which will show the NHS logo.

“If the public are unsure about any health visitor, they should contact the police immediately.”

The woman is described as white, aged in her late 20s, tall, of slim build, with her hair in a bun and wearing dark trousers.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Suffolk police on 01284 774100.

dave.gooderham@eadt.co.uk

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