Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-19

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9 ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 My new career really delivers! News Miranda Sykes’ childhood dream of being a midwife finally came true in her thirties Two teenage boys from London were stabbed during an ‘altercatio­n’ between two groups of youths in Aldershot’s Manor Park on Friday August 7 There can’T be many people who can thank redundancy for propelling them into their dream job, but for Miranda Sykes it was the push she needed to fulfil her lifelong ambition of becoming a midwife. What you need to knoW... DARREN PEPE, AN180105 Park ‘altercatio­n’ ends with two teens stabbed “I had always been fascinated by human biology,” says the 38-year-old from London. “As a young girl I knew I wanted to be a midwife, but when I was at school I wasn’t encouraged to do it – the advice was that I should study something broader, so I did a biology degree instead. “After I graduated I was desperate to earn money, so I got a job organising conference­s for healthcare profession­als, then in healthcare communicat­ion. “I didn’t love the work, but it wasn’t until I was made redundant in 2008 that I considered switching. “I was frogmarche­d out of the office as if I’d done something wrong. It was a horrible experience, but really galvanised me to assess whether it was an industry I wanted to go back to when there was something I knew I wanted to do far more.” At 29, Miranda feared it was too late to retrain. “I always thought I’d missed the boat,” she admits. “It was only after I lost my job that I looked into it and found the percentage of mature adult learners choosing midwifery is surprising­ly By ALEX BOYD wearing a black puffa-style jacket and black tracksuit bottoms, and had a hood up over his head. Police would like people to get in touch if they were in Manor Park on the day and saw what happened, or have other informatio­n that might help the investigat­ion. Witnesses may have mobile phone or dash cam footage taken between 4pm and 5pm on the day which might be relevant. Anyone with informatio­n can contact Hampshire Constabula­ry on 101, quoting the crime reference number 4420029875­9. Alternativ­ely, Crimestopp­ers can be contacted anonymousl­y on 0800 555 111. wooded area by the skate park. An investigat­ion has been launched to try and establish the exact circumstan­ces of what happened, and now descriptio­ns of two males have been released. Police would like to identify them and have appealed to anyone who may recognise the descriptio­ns. One person is described as being around 5ft 11in tall, of stocky build and wearing a black puffa-style jacket and black tracksuit bottoms. He was wearing a lime green T-shirt as a face mask. The second person is described as black, aged around 15 or 16, 5ft 5in tall and of a thin build. He was @alexjamesb­oyd An NHS MIDWIFE’S TWO teenage boys were stabbed in Manor Park, Aldershot, in broad daylight after an “altercatio­n” between two groups of youths. Hampshire Constabula­ry said the incident took place in the park at around 4.20pm on Friday August 7, and saw two 16-yearold boys from London suffer stab wounds. Their injuries were not life-threatenin­g and both have since been discharged from hospital. Officers said the two boys were injured following an incident between two groups of youths in a Salary £28K+ hourS 37.5+ PER WEEK Miranda completed a three-year degree in midwifery and now works at London’s Chelsea and Westminste­r Hospital. “When I say I’m a midwife, everyone asks how many babies I’ve delivered, but my numbers aren’t that impressive because that’s not what I do now,” she explains. “Delivering a baby is only one part of a woman’s pregnancy journey. You’ll find midwives in the birth centre gently cajoling women through labour, others making home visits to new mums and some, like me, who are more desk-based. I work in safeguardi­ng very high risk, socially vulnerable mothers and their newborns, dealing with mental health, drugs and alcohol issues.” Miranda finds that immensely satisfying. “It’s great to do something you ence,” she says. “I’ve found my groove and have a real sense of purpose and a drive to get out of bed each morning.” Her only regret? “That I waited until I was 29! Working for the NHS makes me unbelievab­ly proud.” Police dig into 18-year murder investigat­ion unearths nothing 3 year full tiMe degree A POLICE dig carried out to search for the body of a woman murdered 18 years ago has concluded with nothing being found. Surrey Police began the operation at Priest Lane Farm, near West End and Bisley, early on Monday morning last week as part of the investigat­ion into the murder of Tina Barker in 2002. Officers were assisted by the Army as access was needed to the Pirbright Ranges site as part of the dig and to use their expertise, along with specialist forensics officers, but following three days of activity nothing has been found. The dig was launched as part of the investigat­ion of the murder of the 41-year-old. Martin Gerald Baker, Tina’s husband, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison despite no body ever being recovered. Photos from Priest Lane on Monday last week showed police officers inside the boundaries of the farm and a base, including tents and police tape, inside an outbuildin­g. A large white tent had been set up behind that outbuildin­g and appeared to be covering an area being dug out. Residents told the News & Mail they were unaware what the operation was linked to until it had started. They had been pre-warned about police activity in the area but not that it was to search for a body. Detective Inspector Chris Rambour, from Surrey and Sussex’s Major Crime Team, said: “Following a thorough search nothing has been found and the team has concluded its search. We would like to thank the Army for their support and for bringing their expertise to this investigat­ion. “Despite nothing being discovered, we hope that this has provided reassuranc­e to Tina’s family, as well as members of the public, that Surrey Police is committed to pursuing all lines of enquiry and will leave no stone unturned to find out what happened to her body. “Should new informatio­n come to light, we will pursue these lines of enquiry. We would like to thank the local community for their patience while we have been at the scene this week.” (part time also available) £5,000 toWARDS your univerSity degree ENGLISh extra funds of up to available £3,000 Subject to eligibilit­y To JoininG THe find out more about nHs Go to NHScareerS PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . 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