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Police trace mother of dead baby after 30 years

Detectives have traced the mother of a baby after its body was discovered nearly 30 years ago.

The body of the new-born baby was discovered in a water filled pit in Weasenham St Peter, Norfolk, on 5th June 1988.

Weasenham St Peter, Norfolk Credit: Google Maps

Despite a major inquiry at the time and subsequent investigations police were unable to identify what happened to the child.

However Norfolk Police obtained a DNA sample when the body was exhumed last year which led them ultimately to the baby's mother.

The Crown Prosecution Service is now considering whether the woman will face prosecution for offences including failing to register a birth and preventing a lawful burial.

The force said the mother was initially arrested on suspicion of infanticide.

But a spokesman added: "During police interview the woman revealed she had concealed her pregnancy from family and friends and delivered the baby by herself. The baby was delivered stillborn."

Inquest into death of grandmother beheaded in Tenerife

An inquest into the death of a British grandmother beheaded in Tenerife is due to resume today.

Jennifer Mills-Westley, 60, a retired road safety worker originally from Norwich, was shopping in Los Cristianos in May 2011 when she was attacked and killed by Deyan Deyanov.

Jennifer Mills-Westley was murdered by Deyan Deyanov in 2011 Credit: PA

Bulgarian national Deyanov was sentenced to 20 years in a secure psychiatric unit in Seville after a Spanish jury ruled he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

An arrest warrant had been issued for him just three days before the killing, in connection with a separate violent assault.

The inquest will be held at Norfolk Coroner's Court, in Norwich later today.


Police chief warns of more Rotherham-style abuse cases

There will be "many more" Rotherham-style child sex abuse cases uncovered in the coming months, a leading police officer has said.

Sex crimes involving children have for “too long been a hidden crime,” Norfolk Police Chief Constable Simon Bailey told the Guardian, as he suggested the Rotherham abuse scandal was the tip of the iceberg.

Norfolk Police Chief Constable Simon Bailey warned the scale of the problem was far larger than previously thought. Credit: Norfolk Police/PA Wire

Mr Bailey, the national lead officer for the child protection and abuse investigation, warned that the scale of the problem was far larger than previously thought.

“We don’t know for sure. But I think it’s tens of thousands of victims [a year] of an appalling crime,” he added.

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