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Traffic disruption as search continues at Avon Gorge

Traffic restrictions are in place around the Avon Gorge in Bristol as police continue searching the area after a mother went missing with her newborn daughter.

Charlotte Bevan, aged 30, and baby Zaani Tiana have not been seen since Tuesday evening.

The body of a woman was found near the Gorge last last night. Searches are continuing for four-day-old Zaani.

Search for missing newborn girl continues

Detectives are this morning continuing a search for a four-day-old baby who went missing with her mother from hospital.

Avon and Somerset Police said officers had narrowed the search area down to Avon Gorge, near where the body of a woman was found late last night.

The search area has been narrowed down to near where the body of a woman was found Credit: Avon and Somerset Police/Google Maps

Charlotte Bevan, aged 30, walked out of Bristol Maternity Hospital on Tuesday evening with her newborn daughter, Zaani Tiana, and has not been seen since.

We are searching in the same area along with police dogs from South Wales Police. We are only searching in that area.

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesman

Police told ITV News they would not comment on speculation the victim had fallen from Clifton Suspension Bridge.

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Police continue to search Bristol area where body was found

Throughout the night police have been searching the area of the Avon Gorge where a body was found in the search for missing mum Charlotte Bevan.

Police and ambulance service vehicles on the side of the road next to the Avon Gorge. Credit: ITV News
Activity directly beneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Credit: ITV News

A police helicopter flew above the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol as it assisted the officers' efforts.

A police helicopter flies above the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Credit: ITV News

Police: Body found in Avon Gorge 'desperately sad'

Replying to a tweet from ITV News presenter Alastair Stewart, Gareth Morgan, deputy chief constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, described the news from Bristol as "desperately sad".

Police find body in search for mother missing from Bristol hospital

Police investigating the disappearance of a new mother and her four-day-old baby from hospital have found a body in a gorge, they said tonight.

The family of Charlotte Bevan, 30, who vanished from Bristol Maternity Hospital last night with her daughter, Zaani Tiana, have been informed of the find in the nearby Avon Gorge, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Charlotte has not been seen since leaving the maternity unit, with CCTV footage showing her leaving coatless and carrying Zaani wrapped in just a blanket.

Police urge missing mum Charlotte Bevan to get in touch

Police have urged Charlotte Bevan, who has gone missing after leaving Bristol Maternity Hospital last night with her newborn daughter, to get in touch and let them know her and her baby are safe and well.

Speaking at a press conference with her family, DCI Simon Crisp said:

This message really is for Charlotte. It is not a crime to take your own baby from hospital. It is simply not a crime, okay?

We have spoken to the staff at the hospital and we are convinced you are a good mother. You are a caring, thoughtful mother who is attentive and you were looking after your five-day-old child in the best way possible.

What worries us is that given all that you have left somewhat unexpectedly from the hospital, you haven't told your friends or family where you were going or your intentions. That is really worrying for them and really worrying for us.

All I ask is - please make contact, let us know you are okay. You've got nothing to fear.

If you are a friend of Charlotte's and you know who she is, she has nothing to fear. Please come forward and tell us where she is

– DCI Simon Crisp

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Boyfriend of Charlotte Bevan: 'please come back'

Handout CCTV image issued by Avon and Somerset Police of Charlotte Bevan, 30, leaving Bristol Maternity Hospital last night with her four-day-old baby girl, Zaani Tiana. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Pascal Malbrouck, the boyfriend of missing mother Charlotte Bevan, has pleaded with her to return home with their newborn daughter, Zaani Tiana.

At a police press conference with other members of her family, he said:

"Charlotte, please come back....I'm waiting for you."

Fresh activity on missing mother's Facebook page

A fresh post has appeared on the Facebook page of missing mother Charlotte Bevan.

The YouTube clip, posted via an app, shows the final delivery of physicist Nassim Haramein at a conference in Barcelona in 2010.

A fresh post appeared on Ms Bevan's Facebook page this afternoon Credit: Facebook

Police told ITV News they are looking into whether Ms Bevan may have posted the clip herself, or whether it appeared as an automatic update via the app.

Nothing found in search for Charlotte in cordoned street

Police said their search for missing mother Charlotte Bevan in Royal Fort Road, where they took away a wheelie bin, has ended with nothing found.

They continue to investigate a number of possible sightings of the 30-year-old and stressed she is still missing with her four-day-old daughter Zarnee.

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