A British mum jailed in Iran for nearly three years has been refused treatment for possible breast cancer, it is tonight claimed.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who turns 40 tomorrow, has been suffering both physically and mentally, her husband Richard Ratcliffe says.

Now the dad has claimed his wife has found "new lumps again on her breasts" but said requests for medical visits has been blocked by her captors.

Struggling to hold back the tears as he spoke to Sky News today, Richard said: "She’s got new lumps again on her breasts and certainly has been needing to see a neurologist for a long time, and those have still been blocked, so that’s not a great sign.

"One of the things we’ve been asking for, and the Foreign Secretary has been asking for is medical access, to see a doctor."

In the September of that year was sentenced to five years in jail for "allegedly plotting to topple the Iranian regime".

But she and her family have always resolutely maintained her innocence.

Richard, of Hampstead, north London, added: "The last week was tough but actually today, it’s got to Christmas and she’s not there but she’s had prayers for everyone else – it was a bit better.

"I spend my time looking at the tea leaves and just trying to read all the signals and try to see what’s happening."

In September, at the UN the Prime Minister told Iranian president Hassan Rouhani she had "serious concerns" about Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s imprisonment.

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