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Friday, 21 August 2020

Hunt is on for mother who left newborn baby's body at recycling centre as police hope beach towel child was wrapped in may offer clue

  • A baby was found at a waste recycling centre in Bradford, Yorkshire, yesterday
  • The infant, who had been left wrapped in a beach towel, had tragically died
  • Officers have been searching area for clues and issued appeal to find mother 
  • The towel, which features a map of Fuerteventura, could be key to investigation
The hunt is on for a mother who left her newborn baby's body at a recycling centre as police hope a beach towel the children was wrapped in may offer a clue.  
The infant, who was found at a waste recycling centre on Bowling Back Lane in Bradford, West Yorkshire, yesterday, had tragically died.
Police officers have been searching the area for clues and issued an appeal to find the baby's mother.
They say the towel, which features a large yellow map of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands as well as small images of fish, sea horses and a palm tree, could be the key to their investigation. 
Sara Hollins, head of midwifery for Bradford, said: 'Our main priority is to find the mum of the baby as we are concerned for her well-being and want to ensure she gets the appropriate medical care and support.'
Police believe the mother is likely from the Bradford area. The gender of the baby has not been disclosed.
The recycling centre has been shut until further notice as staff recover from the shocking event. 
The towel features a large yellow map of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands with images of fish, sea horses and a palm tree
The towel features a large yellow map of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands with images of fish, sea horses and a palm tree

West Yorkshire Police previously said: 'The baby was wrapped in a pink towel which depicted the island of Fuerteventura in yellow on a purple background.

'There were various pictures associated with tropical locations on the towel also including fish, sea horses and a palm tree.'
Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said: 'This is heart-breaking news. We want to send our condolences and our prayers out to everyone involved.
A police officer at the household recycling centre in Bowling Back Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, where the body of a newborn baby was found yesterday
A police officer at the household recycling centre in Bowling Back Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, where the body of a newborn baby was found yesterday
Police pictured arriving at the household waste recycling centre yesterday. The recycling centre has been shut until further notice as staff recover from the shocking event
Police pictured arriving at the household waste recycling centre yesterday. The recycling centre has been shut until further notice as staff recover from the shocking event
'Our kerbside waste recycling facility at Bowling Back Lane has been closed until further notice.
'Our main priority now is to support our staff members who were affected by this incident and assist the police with their investigation into this awful event.'
Ms Hollins has urged the mother or any friends of hers to call the police on 101 or via 07753 672648 quoting log 564, or message via their live online chat service. 
The Bradford Maternity Assessment Unit can also be reached on 01274 364531.

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