Appeal after parents of newborn baby report suspicious visitors

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DETECTIVES have issued an alert after the parents of a newborn baby reported a suspicious visit from two women dressed as social workers.

The pair visited the family at their home in Old Road, Gosport, dressed in what appeared to be NHS uniforms.

Believing the women were health visitors or social workers, the parents let them inside their home at around 9pm on March 31.

They spoke with the parents for around 10 minutes and one of them briefly held the baby before they left.

The parents became suspicious and reported the women to police.

Checks with health authorities in the area have failed to identify them or confirm they were genuine.

Police are now urging anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Gary Shirley said: ‘Incidents like this are extremely rare and I would like to reassure all parents there is no suggestion these women wanted either to harm the baby or take it away.

‘The baby’s parents were present throughout this incident and the women made no attempts to take the child away.

‘Nevertheless, we are taking this incident seriously and are appealing for the public’s help in identifying these two women.

‘We understand this may cause alarm to parents but this is an isolated incident.’

Police are not treating the visit as an attempted abduction.

The women were described as white and aged between mid-30s and mid-40s.

They were wearing blue tops with darker blue trousers and cardigans with name badges on.

Nicky Adamson Young, divisional director for children’s services at the Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘We are working closely with the police investigating this incident.

‘Health visitors do not routinely work in the evenings and if they do will always make an appointment before they visit.

‘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.’

Detectives want to hear from anyone who recognises the description of the women or saw them in Old Road.

They would also like to speak with residents who may have been visited themselves.

Anyone with information should contact Gosport CID on 0845 045 45 45 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.