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Police focus on 52 waste collection sites in baby death inquiry

PUBLISHED: 17:31 03 June 2020 | UPDATED: 10:03 05 June 2020

Suffolk police is narrowing its search for more information following the discovery of a dead baby in Needham Market  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Suffolk police is narrowing its search for more information following the discovery of a dead baby in Needham Market Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Police are narrowing their search as they continue to investigate the discovery of a dead baby at a recycling centre.

The baby girl, believed to be no more than two days old, was discovered by staff at Sackers recycling centre in Ipswich Road, Needham Market, on Thursday, May 14.

Detectives have continued to carry out extensive searches at the site over the past three weeks and are due to conclude today (Wednesday, June 3).

Forensic work is ongoing alongside other lines of inquiry and is due to take some time to complete, a Suffolk police spokeswoman said.

Police are continuing to investigate whether the baby may have been taken to the centre via waste refuse from Ipswich, and have collated footage from around 52 commercial waste pick-up locations. It is believed the baby’s body may have been placed in a bin at one of these locations and transported to the centre via a bin lorry.

Door-to-door enquiries have also taken place, with officers now having visited more than 800 residential addresses and business premises and have been handing out information posters.

An inquest into the baby’s death, who is now being referred to as Baby S, was opened and adjourned at Suffolk Coroner’s Court on Friday, May 22.

Speaking at the time, Rev Canon Diane Williams, from Parish Church of St John the Baptist, said the baby and her family will be in the prayers of all at the church.

She added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, the employees who found the baby and with the police carrying out the investigation.”

Detectives have so far been unable to locate the baby’s mother despite continued attempts and remain concerned for her wellbeing.

The police spokeswoman pleaded for anyone with any information regarding her identity, or those who have concerns for a recent mother or mother-to-be, to come forward as soon as possible.

Those with information can contact the force via 101, quoting reference 37/26499/20 or by visiting the Suffolk police website.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, or via their website.

Police have also thanked Sackers for their full cooperation during their investigation.


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