EXCLUSIVE: Katie Price’s social worker breaks cover driving reality TV star’s children after being sacked by council for ‘getting too close’ with ex-model
A social worker who was fired by a council after getting ‘too close’ to Katie Price has been pictured driving the reality TV star’s children.
Lynne Rickwood, 45, was sacked by West Sussex County Council’s family safeguarding team after the council became aware she had been offered a job as nanny to Katie’s children.
Pictures show the former social worker, who is from Brighton, driving Katie’s children around in a car.
A spokeswoman for Katie Price told MailOnline: ‘As Lynn is a private individual and not in the public eye we won’t be commenting.’
Social services bosses were understood to have raised concerns about the situation which could be considered ‘unprofessional’ because social workers are supposed to maintain a healthy distance from their clients and not become embroiled in their personal lives.
Former social worker Lynne Rickwood pictured driving Katie Price’s children after she was sacked by a council
Lynne Rickwood is understood to have been offered the job as nanny to Katie Price’s children while still employed as a social worker
Katie Price with some of her children. She is thought to have suggested that Ms Rickwood could be the nanny to her youngest, Jett and Bunny
A source previously told MailOnline: ‘Lynne’s employment with West Sussex County Council was terminated last Thursday.
‘The local authority became aware that Lynne had been offered a position as nanny for Katie’s two youngest children and was considering whether to take it.
‘As a social worker, Lynne had an ethical responsibility to remain impartial and considering Katie’s job offer would have been a conflict of interest.’
The case will be independently reviewed by Social Work England (SWE), which regulates social workers.
A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: ‘The council does not comment about individuals, their personal details or circumstances and are not in a position to confirm or deny any claims made.’
Katie is a mother to Harvey Price, 21, as well as Junior, 18, and Princess, 16, who she shares with former husband Peter Andre, and her youngest two Jett, ten, and Bunny, nine, from her marriage to her ex, Kieran Hayler.
In July, the former glamour model revealed on Instagram that Jett hadn’t attended school for almost a year, telling her 2.6million followers that he was being ‘home-schooled’.
On Thursday, Kieran, who divorced Katie in 2021, shared a quote on his Instagram profile that read: ‘The obvious signs one parent is alienating a child from the other parent is not only twisting the other parent’s good intentions, but bribing their children with gifts or lack of rules as well as allowing a child to make adult decisions.’
Katie is in a relationship with on-off fiancé Carl Woods, and last week shared the results of her latest cosmetic treatments, including getting her lips plumped with filler to achieve the ‘butterfly lip’ trend.
Katie with her daughter Bunny, nine, in matching pink pyjamas decorated with hearts
The former glamour model with Jett, ten. In July, she revealed on Instagram that he hadn’t attended school for almost a year, telling her followers that he was being ‘home-schooled’
The former Loose Women panelist shows off the results of her latest cosmetic treatments, including getting her lips plumped with filler to achieve the ‘butterfly lip’ trend
The sacking of Ms Rickwood marks the latest in a series of highs and lows in Katie’s life, which have all been lived out in the public spotlight.
Despite her fame and wealth, life has not come easily for Katie, who has battled bankruptcy, burglaries, assaults and drug abuse, while also navigating a very rocky love life.
When it comes to romance, Katie’s quest for love has seen her tie the knot three times, including to cage fighter Alex Reid, and get engaged on eight occasions.
She’s no stranger to court, having risked jail several times after being convicted of driving offences.
In 2003, she avoided a speeding charge after police failed to arrest her within 12 weeks of allegedly clocking 70mph in a 40mph zone in her Range Rover.
Five years later she landed three penalty points after being caught talking on her phone while driving.
In 2009 she failed to provide the identity of the driver after her car was allegedly caught speeding in a 30mph zone and was later handed four penalty points.
In February the following year she was convicted for failing to be in proper control of her horsebox after veering into another lane and was given three points on her licence, bringing her total to ten.
Later that year she was banned from driving for six months after doing 83mph in a 70mph zone in her home county of West Sussex.
Katie with her daughter Princess, whom she had with her first husband, Peter Andre
With ex-husband Kieren Hayler. In May, she pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order against her his fiancée, Michelle Penticost, whom she was banned from contacting
Kieran, who divorced Katie in 2021, shared a quote to his Instagram profile about parenting and ‘good intentions’ being ‘twisted’
In 2012, Katie was disqualified for 12 months for failing to respond to two speeding tickets in September.
After a quiet few years Katie landed a six-month ban in February 2018 for speeding after totting up 12 penalty points for speeding.
In July, photos emerged of her driving while still banned.
Then in October she was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and spent 13 hours in custody after crashing into a VW Golf and a hedge on a gated estate at 2am.
In 2019 she was given a three-month ban for driving while disqualified in January of that year and was later handed a five-year restraining order banning her from contacting ex-husband Kieran Hayler’s fiancee Michelle Penticost either directly or indirectly after hurling abuse at her during an argument at a school playground.
Then in October, Katie was banned from driving for a further 18 months for failing to inform police who was behind the wheel of her pink Range Rover during a crash in Bexley, south east London.
Two years later she crashed her BMW car on a country road near her West Sussex home in the early hours of the morning after drinking and taking drugs.
She pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court of drink-driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance and was handed a 16-week suspended prison sentence.
In 2022 she then pleaded guilty to breaching a five-year restraining order not to contact Ms Penticost.
She avoided jail again after claiming she ‘misunderstood’ the rules of a restraining order when she sent a ‘vile and nasty’ message about her ex-husband’s fiancée.
This month, Katie appeared at the premiere of the new Netflix series The Psychopath Life Coach
Katie’s financial woes have also routinely hit the headlines over the years. She was declared bankrupt in 2019 with debts of £3.2million from her failed company Jordan Trading Ltd, which was set up to oversee her perfume and cosmetics line.
She founded the firm in 2003, but in 2017 an application was put in to wind it up as she tried to sort out her finances.
When the mother-of-five was declared bankrupt she vowed to pay back £12,000 a month to creditors.
The bankruptcy meant Katie, once worth a reported £45million, faced losing her £2million 11-bedroom mansion.
She took out a second mortgage on the property in 2015 but faced monthly payments of £12,300.
In June 2022 the former model had been due to attend the Royal Courts of Justice to explain to a judge why she has failed to repay millions owed to creditors.
However, the hearing was adjourned at the last minute with her solicitors giving no reason for Katie’s non attendance.
Despite being bankrupt, Katie has seemingly led a lavish life, including exotic holidays to Las Vegas and Thailand. She has also had a series of highly publicised battles with drugs and undergone hundreds of cosmetic surgery procedures.
She also visited The Priory in 2018 when she spent 28 days as an inpatient after her family urged her to seek help following wild partying antics in Mallorca.
At the time, she was confronted by her loved ones after shocking footage emerged of her rapping ‘I love coke’ during a booze-fuelled hen do.
Katie broke down after the intervention and admitted she needed help to get over her chaotic behaviour, which she blamed on her PTSD.
She later said: ‘My family and friends were hurt, they didn’t know what to do. All these years in the industry I never have [done drugs] but I purely did it to self-medicate, I went to the doctors and told them the truth.
‘Self-medicating on drugs really, it was disgusting, but it was my way of dealing with it. At least I can hold my hands up, if I didn’t speak out now, I would still be in a rut.’
In 2020 she revealed she had been taking monthly drug tests to ‘build trust’ with her ex-husbands Pete and Kieran, with whom she shares four children.
Katie crashed her BMW while at more than twice double the drink-drive limit in November 2022 after allegedly leaving her home to hunt for drugs during an all-night alcohol and cocaine bender.
Katie’s ex Carl Woods reportedly leaked a recording of his former partner speaking about drugs. In the midst of one of their break-ups, Carl was said to have released a recording in which Katie allegedly says she didn’t turn up to an event ‘because I was on coke’.
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