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Mystery after body of newborn baby girl found in park

Floral tributes to the child who has been named

It was revealed today that the body of a baby, found in a park in Aldershot four days ago, was a girl.

The emergency services were called to Manor Park on Friday afternoon after the newborn baby was discovered in some bushes. Detectives are still appealing for the mother to come forward. It is thought that she may need urgent medical treatment. Richard Jones reports.

The report contains some pictures from Eagle Radio and an interview with Alison Shepherd from Hope Church.


Appeal for mother as newborn baby's body found in park

The body of a newborn baby has been found in a park in Aldershot.

The baby was found in bushes in Manor Park at 1.30pm on Friday.

Hampshire Police said it is unclear how long the baby's body has been at the park and is appealing for the mother of the child to come forward.

I am extremely concerned about the welfare of the mother of this baby and I want to make sure that she is getting the help and support she needs.

I am making a direct appeal to her to get in touch with us.

I know that this must be a very distressing time for you, but I want to make sure you are getting the right help and care.

I understand that you are frightened but it is really important that you get the help you need. Our priority right now is to ensure that you get the care and any medical attention that you need.

If anyone has a friend or family member who they have concerns about, I would stress our immediate priority is to ensure the well-being and safety of this baby's mother, so please contact us.

I would also appeal to any healthcare workers who may have some information that may help us to get in touch."

– Detective Superintendent Darren Rawlings

It is not yet known how old the baby is, nor its gender.

Soldiers to parade before Queen at Buckingham Palace

Soldiers from Aldershot will parade before the Queen at Buckingham Palace today.

The troops from 1st Battalion Scots Guards have been practicing before the event where they will be presented with their new regimental colours.

A dress rehearsal was held on Friday after a month of rehearsals including drill training.

Lt Col Rupert Kitching Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Scots Guards

Backpacker from Hampshire in Thai hospital after falling from train

Daniel Clarke posted this picture on his Facebook page on Thursday Credit: Facebook

A 20 year old man from Aldershot is in hospital in Thailand with head and leg injuries after he fell out of a moving train.

Daniel Clarke was found lying by the train track in Thung-Kha, Chumphon province, on Saturday.

Days earlier he had posted a picture on Facebook, apparently hanging out of an open train door.

A spokesman for Thai Police said that Mr Clarke told police he stepped out to smoke between two carriages when he fell.

The Foreign Office said a Briton had been hospitalised in Thailand, and that they were supporting his family.

The Police spokesman said a friend of the backpacker told police it was an accident.

He's quoted as saying: "We don't believe there's a foul play going on because his belongings remained intact."


Army sergeant due in court accused of attempted murder of his wife during skydive

Emille is accused of the attempted murder of his wife Credit: PA

An army sergeant is due in court charged with the attempted murder of his wife when her parachute failed to open during a skydive.

Victoria Cilliers suffered multiple injuries when her parachute failed to open Credit: ITV Meridian

Victoria Cilliers fell 4000ft and suffered multiple injuries when she jumped from an aeroplane above Netheravon Airport in Wiltshire.

Her husband Emille, who lives at barracks in Aldershot, is also accused of trying to kill her on another occasion.

Family dog killed in house fire

It's believed the fire started from cooking left unattended Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

A family of four have escaped a fire at their home in Aldershot.

The blaze started in the kitchen of their home on Woodland Walk at 11:30 last night.

The family dog died, despite attempts to revive it.

It's believed the fire started from cooking left unattended Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters say the family would probably have been killed if it wasn't for their smoke alarm.

It's believed the fire started because of cooking which had been left unattended.

New moves to change the face of Aldershot

There are plans to regenerate Aldershot town centre Credit: ITV

A new task group of councillors is being set up to drive forward plans to regenerate Aldershot town cente. The former Marks and Specer store is one of four areas which has been earmarked for development. The new group will try to encourage investment in the area.

Aldershot to provide backdrop of blockbuster film

Aldershot will provide the backdrop for a blockbuster film this evening.

Natalie Portman won a Best Actress Oscar for 'Black Swan' in 2011 Credit: PA

People living and working near Alison's Road have received letters saying the street will be used to shoot scenes for a psychological thriller called Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac.

According to the film website, IMDb, the film is about a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition 'where the laws of nature don't apply'.

It is being produced and directed by Lighthouse Pictures, the same British team behind Ex Machina, which won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects earlier this year.

According to the letters sent to residents, Alison's Road is being used to to represent a ‘Baltimore street’. It added that Clubhouse Road and the western section of Alison’s Road will be closed between between 6pm and 5am tomorrow.

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