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Mother of baby found in wheelie bin believed identified

Police believe they have identified the mother of a new-born baby who was found dead in a wheelie bin. The infant was found by a member of the public on Monday in Richmond, North Yorkshire, in a communal area of a small housing estate on the outskirts of the historic market town.

Forensics scoured for evidence at the scene of the baby's death.

Tonight, North Yorkshire Police said in a statement: "Officers believe they have now identified the mother who is receiving medical treatment and care."

It said a post-mortem examination on the baby conducted today suggested the infant was stillborn.

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Head of midwifery urges public 'think about the baby and come forward'

The head of midwifery at Darlington Memorial Hospital has spoken to Tyne Tees and urgently appealed for the mother of a new born baby girl who was found dead in Richmond to come forward.

Anne Holt, head of midwifery at Darlington Memorial has asked the mother or anyone who knows anything to "think of the baby, who is here with us...think about the baby and come forward."

We are appealing for mum, or family members, to come forward so that we can treat her baby with the dignity and respect that she deserves.

If she comes forward all of our midwives have training in support and have dealt with women previously who may have given birth in similar circumstances. They are used to dealing with difficult emotional circumstances.

We have specialist midwives who have specific counselling skills. So there's lots of help available and the staff will be very understanding and sympathetic towards what this mother has gone through.

– Anne Holt, Head of midwifery at Darlington Memorial Hospital

She also has a message for anyone who has any suspicions about coming forward to the police:

First of all from the mother's point of view, in these types of circumstances, there could be very serious health issues and that is one of the reasons why we would urge the mother to come forward, to get the medical help and support that she requires.

But also, from the emotional point of view, the fact that her baby is here with us and the fact that that baby needs her mother, we would encourage them to think about the baby and come forward.

– Anne Holt, Head of midwifery at Darlington Memorial Hospital

If anyone wants to get in touch, staff at the hospital are encouraging anyone to call the Darlington Memorial switchboard and they will put them through to the relevant people.

Forensic team search scene where a newborn baby girl was found dead in wheelie bin

A forensics team has been deployed and is at work at the scene where a local resident found the dead body of a baby in a wheelie bin at Whitcliffe Grange, Richmond around 2.40pm this afternoon.

Forensics are at work at the scene of the baby death. Credit: ITV News

Inspector Mark Gee of North Yorkshire Police said: "Our enquires are ongoing to trace the mother of the baby. My primary concern at this time is that she receives the urgent medical attention that she will need with the relevant support."

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New born baby found dead in Richmond

North Yorkshire Police have issued an urgent appeal to help find the mother of a new born baby girl who was found dead in Richmond.

New born baby found dead in Richmond

A member of the public found the baby's body in a wheelie bin in a communal waste area on Whitcliffe Grange in the town around 2.40 pm today (Monday December 1, 2014).

Paramedics tried to revive the baby girl but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Enquiries are at a very early stage and our primary concern it to locate the mother of the new born baby girl to ensure that she receives urgent medical care.

It is highly likely that the mother is in a very distressed state and needs professional support.

– Inspector Mark Gee, North Yorkshire Police

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Man seriously ill after being bitten by an adder

A 44-year-old man has been left seriously ill after he was bitten three times by an adder on his visit to a forest in North Yorkshire.

The man, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, had to be airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

An adder like this one is believed to be the culprit. Credit: Natural England/PA Wire

The man is in a serious but stable condition, the Great North Air Ambulance Service said.

The adder is Britain's only venomous snake and about 100 bites are reported in the UK each year.

Suspected unexploded mortar bomb found in York

Workmen in York discovered what was believed to be an unexploded "World War" mortar bomb this afternoon.

The park and ride site where the discovery was made at 3.55pm was evacuated as bomb disposal experts attended the scene.

Lifeboats 'temporarily stood down' in search for angler

Two RNLI lifeboats based at Scarborough have been "temporarily stood down" after a search for a missing man on the North Yorkshire coast.

Search for missing angler on North Yorkshire coast

The search for a missing angler off the North Yorkshire coast is continuing. A helicopter was previously deployed to help search the cliffs near Burniston.

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