The mother of a baby boy found on a doorstep in County Durham has been traced. Police say that they received a phone call from a woman claiming to be the child’s mother.
The baby, who has been named Jack by staff at North Tees Hospital, was discovered in the early hours in Emerson Court.
A retired vicar who indecently assaulted a young girl over forty years ago has been jailed following a trial at Kingston Crown Court.
Graham Gregory, 79 of Brockfield Park Drive, Huntington, York was sentenced to three years in prison at Kingston Crown Court having been found guilty in 2014 of two counts of indecent assault on a girl under 13 years.
Gregory was acquitted of two further counts of indecent assault following a retrial at the same court.
Detectives were contacted by a woman in 2012 who claimed that she had been abused as a child between 1969 and 1971 when she lived in Wandsworth and attended the church where Gregory was curate. She told officers that he kissed her on several occasions before assaulting her.
A second woman - who also knew Gregory through the same church - informed officers that she too had been abused as a child.
Gregory denied the allegations but was charged with five counts of indecent assault, and found guilty of two.
Police are appealing for any other victims to come forward:
A baby boy abandoned on a doorstep in Horden, Peterlee was discovered by a pet dog.
Janice Clish, resident of the house where the baby was found, said: "My boyfriend was taking the dog round the block and the dog stopped at my door.
"He went over and that's when we found the baby on the floor. I was shocked."
Police were called to Westcroft Road, Grangetown, and Briar Road, Thornaby to reports of a disturbance at around 8am on May 28.
The disturbance involved people in two vehicles, one of which was later located in the Briar Road area of Thornaby. Officers are currently searching that vehicle.
One man, aged in his twenties, has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences and attempted assault.
Police say a newborn baby was found on a doorstep in Horden, Peterlee. The baby boy was taken to hospital and is well.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.
Police have confirmed a baby was abandoned this morning but cannot confirm further details at this point. It is believed that a baby was left in the street next to a medical centre in Horden, Peterlee.
Driving by the scene was taxi driver Councillor Mary Cartwright who gave ITV News Tyne Tees this statement: