A chief inspector at Greater Manchester Police has appealed for information to locate the parents of the newborn baby found dead on a lane in Bolton.
Carol Martin said:
I cannot begin to imagine what either parent may be going through and we are very worried about their physical and emotional state.
It is likely the mother in particular will require some form of medical attention and I want to appeal directly to both parents or anyone who knows them to contact police or visit your GP or local hospital.
It is vitally important that I stress support networks are in place and are waiting and on hand to help the parents.
While we cannot speculate on the ethnicity of either parent, there was a note left requesting the baby receive an Islamic burial and we have already reached out to the Muslim community through their Friday prayers through our partnership connections at the Bolton Council of Mosques.
The answer undoubtedly lies somewhere in the community and I want to ask the Bolton community as a whole whether they know of anyone who may have tried to conceal a birth or who recently have been pregnant but now is without a baby or appears withdrawn, upset or in physical discomfort.
Police want to trace the parents of a newborn baby whose body was found in Bolton.
- Officers found the body wrapped up in clothing and plastic bags
- Police also found a note that requested the baby receive an Islamic burial
- It is unclear at this stage whether the baby was live or stillborn
Police say support networks are in place and are waiting to help the parents.
Police have not yet confirmed the sex of the baby but said a post mortem examination is expected to take place on Monday.
Superintendent Steve Nibloe said: "This is clearly a very upsetting incident and we already have a number of officers dealing with this at the scene and making other enquiries.
"We do not know with any certainty how long the baby has been there or how it has died and while I understand there will be concern in the community I want to reassure residents that we will be working hard to answer these questions.
"If anyone has any information whatsoever, regardless of how insignificant you think it might be, please get in touch.
"We are obviously deeply concerned for the welfare of the mother and if anyone has seen someone in the area or has any information about who you think the mother might be please call us."
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101.
The body of a newborn baby has been found dumped in Lostock, Bolton.
Greater Manchester Police say the body of the newborn was found yesterday evening by walkers in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, near the Reebok Stadium.
Officers say they are keen to check welfare of mother.
Police are trying to reunite five World War II medals with their owner after they were found at a bus station. It's thought they may have been left behind during a memorial service last Sunday in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Three photographs were also found with the medals, including the one below of a minesweeper.
Anyone who has any information about who they belong to can contact police on 0161 856 5625.
On behalf of everybody at The FA I'd like to say how sorry we are to learn that Fabrice Muamba has had to end his professional football career.
His recovery has been miraculous and a great tribute to all who have been involved.
I would like to wish him the very best for the future and I know that the thoughts of the entire football family will be with him.
Boxing legend and Bolton Wanders fan Amir Khan has wished Fabrice Muamba, 'all the best for the future.'
Sad to hear Fabrice Muamba has had to retire. I wish him all the best for the future and know it holds great things for him!
Tottenham Hotspur has tweeted their 'best wishes' to Fabrice Muamba.
It was during a game between Bolton and Spurs in March when Muamba collapsed.
Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Fabrice Muamba who announced his retirement today. We wish him every success in the future.