Newborn baby boy is found dead in Hampshire woodland by police

A NEWBORN baby has been found dead in a woodland, police have confirmed.

By David George
Thursday, 5th March 2020, 9:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th March 2020, 9:33 pm

According to Hampshire Constabulary, the baby boy was found near Shore Road, Hythe this afternoon.

The area has been cordoned off and an investigation is underway.

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Detective chief inspector Ross Toms says the police’s priority is the welfare of the baby’s mother.

He said: ‘I have no doubt this will have been a very distressing experience for the mother of this baby.

‘Our priority right now is to ensure she receives the care and assistance she requires.

‘I want to make a direct appeal to her. You may be very frightened right now and it is vitally important that you make contact with us or someone else.

‘You may not want to contact the police and I understand that – if that is the case, I want to urge you to seek assistance from a healthcare professional or to attend a hospital as soon as possible.’

As part of the investigation, police are looking to speak to anyone who may have seen anything out of the ordinary in the Shore Road area, or is concerned about someone who recently gave birth.

Hampshire Constabulary is also looking for dash cam footage from the surrounding area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, quoting either Operation Verse or the reference number 44200084127.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.