Police are “extremely concerned” for the mother of a newborn baby found dead in a street in Portsmouth.
The infant was discovered at the junction of Victoria Street and Old Commercial Road shortly after 6. 101 am today.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Baker said he was making a “direct appeal” to the child’s mother to get in touch.
“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, “he said.
” I understand you may be frightened, but it is important that you get in touch with us. “
Officers are carrying out house to house inquiries.
Mr Baker also appealed to “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”.
He continued: “Or maybe you have concerns for the whereabouts of a recently born baby.
” Anyone who contacts us can speak with us in complete confidence.
“We are extremely concerned for the welfare of the mother of this child.”
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting Operation Cravat or 11917473. Alternatively, they can ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 728 555