Flowers and soft toys left in tribute to newborn baby found dead in Portsmouth
Flowers have been laid by the roadside near where a newborn baby was found dead in Portsmouth.
Police officers are continuing to patrol the area surrounding the junction of Old Commercial Road and Victoria Street after the discovery early yesterday morning.
Hampshire Constabulary has launched an urgent appeal to find the mother of the baby, adding that police are ‘extremely concerned’ for her welfare.
Officers were initially called just before 6.20am yesterday after the baby was found. A police cordon was set up and a forensics test was erected in the street.
The cordon was now been removed but police officers are at the scene this morning.
Bunches of flowers and soft toys have been left by the kerb as a tribute to the youngster.
In a statement yesterday Detective Chief Inspector Simon Baker said: ‘I am making a direct appeal to [the child’s mother] 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.’
Police would also like to speak to anyone with concerns about someone who has been recently heavily pregnant, or may have recently given birth.
DCI Baker added: ’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.’
National bereavement charity Sands has offered support to anyone affected by the loss of a baby.
Emma Hayward, co-chair of the Portsmouth and Chichester committee, said: ‘The loss of a baby can affect the whole family and can be a very lonely time.
‘Anyone who is affected by the loss of a baby is welcome to approach us for any support. Our hearts go out to the family.’
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting Operation Cravat or 44200030626. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you have been affected by this story and would like to speak to a child bereavement charity, you can visit the Sands website or call 0808 164 3332.