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Bogus social worker tried to gain access to child
6:55am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
PARENTS in East Yorkshire have been urged to be vigilant after a woman claiming to be a social worker tried to gain access to a young child.
Humberside Police have released this E-fit image of the woman, who visited a young woman and her child at a property in Sigston Road, Beverley, at 5pm on Monday.
The woman had visited the house previously claiming to be from the local Social Services department to see the child who, on that occasion, she was allowed to see.
Detective Inspector Tony Cockerill, leading the investigation, said: “This is a concerning report of a bogus social worker dishonestly gaining access to a child. Thankfully, the child was not harmed during this rare incident which we are treating very seriously.”
On the latest occasion, she was refused access to the child, and she left in a white car, described as being possibly an old BMW, and driven by a black male.
The bogus social worker was described as about 5ft 7ins tall, about 30 years old, with long, straight brown hair.
Anyone who has seen the woman, car or driver in the area has been urged to phone Humberside Police on 101.
Det Insp Cockerill said parents should remain cautious.
He said: “Parents can and should exercise vigilance and seek identification from anyone calling at their homel. All social workers and health visitors carry identification and will not be offended to be asked to produce the relevant documentation.”