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CCTV hope in search for mum of abandoned baby

Police hope this blurred CCTV image may lead to answers about the abandoned baby Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police have issued a CCTV image of a woman officers are keen to trace after a newborn baby was left abandoned in Southport last night (Thursday, 16 April).

Officers believe the woman pictured may have information that could help them with enquiries and would urge her or anyone who recognises her to contact us.

Superintendent Claire Richards, said: “Our primary concern at this time is for the welfare of the mother and I would urge the woman pictured to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3835 or 101.


VIDEO: Footage of baby 'April' found abandoned in Southport amusement arcade

Police trying to identify the mother of a newborn baby found abandoned inside public toilets just hours after being born have released a short video of the child they have named 'April'.

Merseyside Police are keen to trace the mother of the girl, who was named after the month of her discovery by staff at the Ormskirk Hospital where she is being treated.

The amusement arcade where 'April' was found Credit: GTV
Police vehicles outside Silcocks Credit: GTV

Emergency services were called to Silcock's Amusement Arcade on Nevill Street in Southport at about 6.50pm on Thursday 16 April after staff found a baby abandoned inside the disabled toilets.

The video, released by police today, show the baby girl dressed in a floral-patterned pink baby grow provided by the staff.

A police spokesman said there was evidence to suggest the baby was "born where she was found".

First pictures of abandoned baby April

Police are trying to trace the mother of a newborn girl, April, who found abandoned in Southport.
Emergency services were called to Silcock's Amusement Arcade on Neville Street after staff discovered the infant in disabled toilets
She's been called is being cared for at Ormskirk Hospital.
A 24-hour phone line has been set up by the hospital, in order for the mother to make contact. That number is 01704 547 471.

Baby found abandoned in Southport toilets

Police are trying to trace the mother of a newborn girl found abandoned in Southport.

Emergency services were called to Silcock's Amusement Arcade on Neville Street after staff discovered the infant in disabled toilets.

Baby "April" as she's been called is being cared for at Ormskirk Hospital.

Police were called to the amusement arcade on Neville Street


CCTV appeal after shop worker racially abused

A CCTV image of the first suspect. Credit: Merseyside Police.

CCTV pictures have been released of two suspects in an alleged racial attack at a shop in Merseyside.

The owner of the store on Duke Street was subjected to abuse and had objects thrown at him during the incident on March 12.

A CCTV image of the second suspect. Credit: Merseyside Police.

This was a frightening and distressing incident for the shopkeeper and I want to reassure the community in Southport that a thorough investigation is continuing.

"Small business owners provide a vital service which people appreciate and we won't tolerate anyone who uses threatening behaviour or racist language towards them."

– Detective Inspector Jimmy Belmar, Merseyside Police
  • Anyone with information should call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Exclusive - David Cameron gives new hope to Southport woman in a battle against the bedroom tax

A severely disabled woman says she has fresh hope in her battle against the so-called bedroom tax after the Prime Minister agreed to personally look into her case.

Charlotte Carmichael, from Southport, suffers from Spina Bifida and needs a specialist bed to sleep.

Last year, a judge ruled that she should be exempt from paying for the second bedroom she says she needs.

The government are trying to overturn that decision and make her pay for it.

But in an exclusive interview David Cameron has told ITV News he will investigate the matter.

Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt has the story:

In a statement the Department for Work and Pensions said: “Since 2013 councils have received almost £500m of extra funding to support the most vulnerable, including £75m for disabled people.”

  • Watch the exclusive interview with David Cameron in full on Party People at 10.40pm tonight on ITV Granada.

Appeal to find Southport man not seen since New Years Eve

Adam Whitehurst

Detectives have released a new photograph of a missing Southport man who hasn't been seen for more than two weeks.

Adam Whitehurst, 34, from the Churchtown was last seen by his wife at around 10am on New Year’s Eve. His family and friends are growing increasingly concerned for him as despite extensive police enquiries and a public appeal, he has not been seen nor contacted by his family.

“Adam lives in Churchtown in Southport but works in Manchester city centre and has relatives and friends in Cheshire so I am appealing for people in all these areas to look at his photo and tell us if you think you have seen him since New Year’s Eve. He also has links to London.

“His disappearance is unusual and everyone who knows him are understandably distraught. The police are doing everything we can to find him but we need the public’s help.”

– Detective Inspector Mike Dalton
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Sister of man killed in head-on crash makes emotional plea

The sister of a 47-year-old man from Skelmersdale killed in a head-on road smash has issued an emotional plea for the driver involved to come forward.

Andrew Birch was killed in Scarisbrick. Three other people were injured including his mother, who is still in hospital. His sister Vivian says the family will remain in turmoil until they get answers.

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