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Woman 'shocked' to find she's a bigamist

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A woman who married three times but never divorced her first husband has told of her "total surprise" after police informed her she was a bigamist.

Danielle Loxton, from Southport, Merseyside, received a seven-month suspended jail term earlier this week after admitting two counts of bigamy at Nottingham Crown Court.

Loxton claims that she thought solicitors had finalised her ­divorce from first husband Peter Clarke in 1996, despite not receiving any paperwork. The pair have an 18-year-old daughter.

In 1999 she married Clarke's friend and Pontins colleague Steven Baker. She later divorced Baker, with whom she has a 12-year-old son, and married Stacey Porter - a friend of both previous husbands - in 2008. They have a 9-year-old son together.

"I'll never forget hearing that police ­officer tell me I was a bigamist," Loxton told the Sunday Mirror.

"It was a total surprise. When they said the divorce from Peter had never ­happened, I thought I would be sick. I ­remember speaking to solicitors before marrying Steve and them saying it was fine. I then moved house and the ­paperwork never reached me.

"I've been made out to be some kind of scheming predator. I love my kids - without their dads, they would not be here, but what I've been through is horrific."

She recently split from Porter but hasn't yet divorced him. "I don't know if I'm still technically married to him," she said. "I don't know if I'm still technically ­married to Peter. In fact, I don't know if I'm married at all. I plan to stay single from now on."

Loxton has listed her relationship status on Facebook as "It's complicated".

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