‘I thought it was just a cold at first’

Despite being premature, the twins did not require any special care. Soon after the birth they went home to join their older brother Jamie, who is now five. But in January 2018, when the twins were five-and-a-half weeks old, Stephanie noticed that a cold they had both been suffering from was getting worse, so she asked her GP’s surgery for advice. “Luca stopped feeding as much and I mentioned this to the doctor, I mentioned this to the health visitor and they basically said, ‘No, it’s absolutely fine, they’ve just got a cold.’ “I said, ‘OK, no problem, we’ll just carry on as we are.’ Then, when they were six weeks old, he wasn’t waking, he wasn’t eating, and so …

MPs vote to seek delay to Brexit

How did my MP vote on 14 March? Enter a postcode, or the name or constituency of your MP Seat vacant Brexit: What could happen next? Does the UK need to hold European elections? Downing Street said the government was still preparing for a no-deal Brexit. Theresa May is planning to hold another “meaningful vote” on her withdrawal deal by Wednesday – after it was overwhelmingly rejected on two previous occasions. If she wins that vote, she will ask for a one-off extension to Brexit get the necessary legislation through Parliament at an EU summit on Thursday – if not she could ask for a longer extension. A spokesman for the European Commission said extending Article 50, the mechanism taking …

Violent crime and police numbers ‘linked’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMetropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick: “There must be some link” There is “some link” between falling police numbers and a rise in violent crime, Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick has said. The commissioner was speaking a day after Prime Minister Theresa May said there was “no direct correlation”. It comes after two 17-year-olds were killed in separate stabbings in London and Greater Manchester at the weekend. Ms Dick told LBC Radio the deaths show “how big of a challenge this is” and that it is not a London-only issue. Jodie Chesney was killed in an east-London park as she played music with friends, while Yousef Ghaleb Makkie was stabbed to death in …

Bestival drugs death boyfriend to appeal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Michie shouted “evil, evil” and “not even sorry” at Broughton during an angry exchange at court during the trial His defence team urged jurors to consider the evidence of medical expert Prof Charles Deakin who said he could not “beyond reasonable doubt” confirm whether medical intervention would have saved Ms Fletcher-Michie’s life but on the “balance of probability” it was likely “while she was still breathing”. Broughton was found guilty of manslaughter and supplying the Class A drug 2CP by unanimous verdict last Thursday. Boyfriend jailed for Bestival drugs death Bestival death accused ‘delayed’ helping He had already pleaded guilty to supplying 2CP to Ms Fletcher-Michie and her friend at Glastonbury Festival in …

How to make your cervical test more comfortable

“Ideally, you would arrange it for somewhere in the middle of your cycle or towards the end of your cycle.” Dr Kaye adds the test itself might cause some pain similar to menstrual cramps, “but that lasts maximum 30 seconds, and then it’s gone”. Wear comfortable clothes The doctor or nurse taking the test needs you to be relaxed when taking the test – so make sure you’re comfortable. “Maybe you want to wear a skirt, so that we can lift that up and you still feel more covered – as opposed to taking off leggings or jeans,” says Dr Kaye. Ask for a woman to do the test If you’re more comfortable with a female doctor or nurse doing …

My mum was an addict, this is my story

The early days Mum: I remember times when I just couldn’t face things, I couldn’t face being a parent and I would isolate myself in my bedroom. When you were little, you went to a Halloween party and you were really excited, then I got that call. I was so off my face when the school called. It was about nine o’clock and I needed to pick you up, do you remember that? Tia: Yeah, I remember that. Mum: What was that like for you? Tia: Well, it was a little bit scary because I didn’t know where you were and I wasn’t aware of anything that was going on at that point. It didn’t really seem like a big …