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Newborn baby found dead in Portsmouth street - police ‘concerned’ for mother

The baby, which police described as "recently born", was found at the junction of Victoria Street and Old Commercial Road in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police were called to the scene at 6.18am. Officers are carrying out house to house enquiries in the area. Hampshire Police are now appealing for the mother of the child to come forward.

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.

“We want to speak with anyone who has concerns about someone who has recently been heavily pregnant, that you suspect may have been heavily pregnant or who has given birth very recently.

“Or maybe you have concerns for the whereabouts of a recently born baby.

“Anyone who contacts us can speak with us in complete confidence. Our priority now is to ensure the mother of this child receives the assistance she requires.

“Officers will be carrying out house to house enquiries in the Old Commercial Road area today and you will see an increased presence.

“If you have any concerns, however insignificant you may believe them to be, please do not hesitate to approach an officer or to call us.”

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting Operation Cravat or 44200030626. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also submit information online: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/44HC20E02-PO1