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Police 'desperately concerned' for welfare of mother after baby's body found at Needham Market recycling centre

Police say they are 'desperately concerned' for the welfare of the mother of a baby girl whose body was discovered at a recycling centre today.

Officers were alerted shortly after 3pm by staff at Sackers recycling centre, in Ipswich Road, Needham Market, who found the body of the newborn.

In an interview with the Bury Free Press tonight, Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Bridger said: "We're desperately concerned around the welfare of the mother of the baby who would have probably given birth within the last 24 to 48 hours.

Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Bridger
Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Bridger

"Our suspicion will be she will have suffered severe emotional distress and potentially also requires urgent medical care and we're really appealing directly to that individual to come forward and seek professional help but also to any other members of the public who have any relevant information that might help us either identify who she is or indeed understand what's happened to this little baby girl."

"We believe waste deliveries to that recycling centre have been coming in throughout the day from various locations in and around Ipswich and it does appear as though the most likely situation at the moment is the baby has been brought in with recycling material into the centre.

"These situations are very rare. There have been similar instances both in this county and neighbouring counties. We have our major investigation team that are very familiar with dealing with the most serious and complicated offences or incidents that have been reported.

He added: "Our urgent priority is identifying the lady concerned.

"We're most concerned for her welfare. We're keeping an open mind about what has happened and, while we will exhaust every natural line of inquiry that will help us to identify her whether she comes forward or we get that information from the public or not, we're commencing a detailed investigation that will include forensic examination of the relevant areas, inquiries with witnesses in and around the recycling centre and any others that we identify as things progress.

"It is still relatively early stages but we will exhaust all opportunities to collect evidence, collect information and explore that to ensure we fully understand what's happened."

Anyone who believes they may have information should contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting CAD reference 213 of May 14, 2020.

Alternatively you can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

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