Newborn baby is found dead on the street in Portsmouth as police say they are ‘extremely concerned’ for the missing mother’s welfare
- A newborn baby was found dead at a junction in Portsmouth, at around 6.15am
- The baby was left between Victoria Street and Old Commercial Road
- Police are ‘extremely concerned’ for the mother of the newborn baby
- Hampshire Police are appealing for information to help find the newborn’s mum
Police are ‘extremely concerned’ for the mother of a newborn baby who was found dead in a street in Portsmouth, earlier this morning.
The baby was left at the junction of Victoria Street and Old Commercial Road, close to the birthplace of Charles Dickens, at around 6.15am.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Baker said: ‘We are extremely concerned for the welfare of the mother of this child.
‘I am making a direct appeal to her to get in touch with us. I know this must be a very distressing time for you, but I want to make sure you are getting the right help and care.
‘I understand you may be frightened, but it is important that you get in touch with us.’
Hampshire Police said in a statement: ‘We are currently investigating the death of a recently born baby, who was found at the junction for Victoria Street and Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, this morning, close to the birthplace of Charles Dickens.
‘Police were called at 6.18am today and officers are carrying out inquiries in the area.
‘We are in the early stages of our investigation and a scene remains in place, with officers carrying out house to house inquiries in the area.’
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting Operation Cravat or 44200030626.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.