'Placenta smoothie' mum investigated

Kathryn Beale, 41, from Swindon, Wiltshire, makes the drinks blended with fruit and juices for new mothers, who have supplied her with their own placenta.

Last week Swindon Borough Council applied for a hygiene emergency prohibition order against Miss Beale but the application was refused.

Miss Beale said she had voluntarily stopped making smoothies pending a visit from health officials to inspect hygiene standards but insisted she