A HARTLEPOOL girl who left the town at the tender age of three for a life in Canada with her family has qualified as a doctor.
Laura Hanby has been awarded the title of doctor in forensic psychology after studying the subject at Carlteon University, in Ottowa, where she lives.
The 29-year-old, who has a nine-month-old son Eli, once lived in Cowley Close, Seaton Carew, and used to attend Seaton Carew nursery.
But when she was threeyears old her family left Hartlepool for Canada. Laura’s grandmother, Lucy Pettigrew, 77, still lives in the town.
Laura’s mum, Lisa Hanby, 53, a nursing home housekeeper, contacted the Mail from her home in Cambridge, Ontario, to pass on the news of her daughter’s new title.
Lisa, who used to work as a shop assistant in B&Q, in Hartlepool, before she emigrated, said: “I’m so proud of my daughter, she has done amazingly well to get to where she has.
“We left Hartlepool in 1988 when she was just three. She’s done great and managed to do her thesis at university while being pregnant and breast-feeding a baby!
“I just wanted to let people know how proud we are of her. We are delighted she’s now a doctor, she deserves it after all of her hard work.”
Laura wrote a 220-page thesis on a study of criminals and re-offending, and also worked with prisoners who re-offend in Canada.