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Suspected bogus social worker asks to inspect baby at house in Quedgeley

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

  • Do you recognise this woman who police want to speak to about a suspected bogus social worker incident in Quedgeley

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PARENTS have been left “terrified” of opening their front doors after a bogus social worker door-stopped a mother in Quedgeley and carried out fake medical checks on her four-month-old son.

Police are searching for the imposter, who claimed to be from Gloucestershire Social Services and was carrying a fake ID badge.

The woman called on the house in Deerhurst Place around 2pm on Wednesday and asked to check on the baby because there were concerns for his welfare.

She then checked the child’s heartbeat with a stethoscope.

Parents on the street said they were “shocked” and “concerned” by the incident.

A new mum living in Deerhurst Place said: “My partner and I are deeply concerned because we have a newborn baby ourselves. It isn’t something you expect to happen on a quiet street.”

Another mum, who has a 10-month-old baby, said she was now wary of opening her door to strangers.

“The woman knew there was a little boy in the house – she must have been watching the house,” she sad.

“I am terrified of opening the door now.”

Another mum added: “I am shocked because it is so close to home. It is worrying for everybody, especially those with children.”

The woman was described as white, in her late 20s or early 30s and with ‘slightly tanned skin’.

She was around 5ft 6in tall with dark shoulder-length hair. She had freckles on the left side of her face and wore a black trouser suit with a cream v-neck blouse with frills at the front.

Detective Inspector Andy Dangerfield 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.”

He also urged parents to be careful when allowing people into their homes.

“Remember, do not accept people into your house unless you are 100 per cent sure you know who they are,” he said.

"You can always tell them to stay outside until you have made your own inquiries and if you are suspicious in any way, then call police."

Police have liaised with Gloucestershire Social Care Services who have alerted their staff to the incident.

A spokesman 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.”

Anyone who recognises the description of the woman or anyone with information should call Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 256 of April 23.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  April 26 2014, 2:27PM

    I'm guessing that the mother was worn down by caring for a baby for the last four months. We all make bad judgements when tired.

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  • spindles12  |  April 25 2014, 9:04PM

    Perhaps a Health visitor might have a stethoscope but not a social worker! What about that hairstyle - looks more like a balaclava than hair, you'd think they could have found something a bit more lifelike because anyone who had real hair like that would be very scary.

  • ladygray  |  April 25 2014, 2:19PM

    Why would a social worker have a stethascope? at what point did the mother get suspicious? There has to be more to this.