Baby's abductor made earlier visit: Bogus nurse seen day before kidnapping

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A COUPLE have told police they saw the bogus nurse who stole new-born baby Abbie Humphries from a Nottingham maternity unit walking around the hospital the day before the abduction.

Following the release by police of three photofits and two video pictures, Helena Wright, 31, and her partner, Colin, 34, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, are certain that the woman they saw in a waiting room at the Queen's Medical Centre last Thursday is the woman police are seeking.

They say she was conspicuous by her blue uniform - maternity nurses wear white and beige uniforms - a 'ridiculous' wig and sunglasses. Police believe the woman in the video is in disguise in both shots.

The couple say that despite her appearance the woman walked around the room unchallenged. Mrs Wright, seven months pregnant, said: 'She stuck out like a sore thumb.' The couple say the woman was olive skinned and might be of mixed race.

The new information comes as police reported 'a tidal wave' of calls after the release of the photofits and photographs. Several hundred calls were taken on Thursday night.

Police said they were disappointed that a man called Gary, who phoned Central TV claiming his wife had Abbie, had not been in contact for two days.

More than 70 officers are now on the inquiry team and more are expected to join to process the growing mountain of information.