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Hospital could not have stopped mum and baby leaving

CCTV of Charlotte Bevan leaving St Michael's Hospital with baby Zaani on Tuesday 2 December Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The hospital in Bristol where Charlotte Bevan and her baby went missing says it could not have stopped her leaving.

Charlotte Bevan left St Michael's hospital on Tuesday. Her body was found in the Avon Gorge on Wednesday night and the body of her five day old baby was discovered nearby yesterday.

We cannot stop any mother leaving the hospital unless there are legal restrictions on her movements.

– University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson

Friend holds vigil for tragic Charlotte and baby

A friend of Charlotte Bevan, whose body and that of her newborn baby Zaani were found at Avon Gorge has come to the scene to show support for the family.

Tenzin Phunesok says he was devastated to hear the news. He says Tibetan tradition holds that the spirits of the dead stay in the area so he has come to the Avon Gorge to pray for the lost mother and child.

Family pay tribute to Charlotte and baby Zaani

The family of Charlotte Bevan and her new baby Zaani, whose bodies were found in the Avon Gorge, have paid them tribute and thanked those who looked after them.

Charlotte Bevan poses for a photo with her mother when she was pregnant with Zaani Credit: Facebook

My beautiful daughter and granddaughter are now at peace.

The family would like to thank all the friends of Pascal, Charlotte and Zaani, some of whom we have only met today.

We would also like to say thank you for all the messages from everyone.

We wish to thank all the hospital staff at St Michael’s and the mental healthcare team, past and present.

– Rachel Fortune, Charlotte's mother
Police searching for Zaani near Avon Gorge in Bristol Credit: ITV News

Police found the body of 30-year-old Charlotte late yesterday evening and teams searched Avon Gorge through the night and this morning, helped by the force helicopter.

The dreadful news came this afternoon when officers announced that they had discovered the body of a newborn baby on the cliff face, near where they had found Charlotte's body.

Charlotte's mother has also said thank you to all those who helped try to find them.

The response and support from the public has been overwhelming and we would like to thank you all.

We would also like to give our thanks to Avon and Somerset police and the volunteers from Avon Search and Rescue.

– Rachel Fortune, Charlotte's mother

Body of newborn baby found at Avon Gorge

Search teams at the Avon Gorge earlier today Credit: ITV News

Police have found the body of a baby girl on the cliff face in the Avon Gorge. They say they are confident it is that of five-day-old Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck.

The body of her mother Charlotte Bevan, who went missing from Bristol Maternity Hospital on Tuesday was found at the same site last night. Teams have been searching the area since the discovery.

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Bristol mum's former school pay tribute

Charlotte Bevan pictured with partner Pascal Malbrouck Credit: Facebook

Charlotte Bevan went to Wells Cathedral School, an elite musical school in Somerset. Her school have paid tribute to the 30 year old who was found dead yesterday evening.

"We all are deeply saddened at Wells to hear of Charlotte's tragic death. We remember Charlotte with great affection, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this terrible time."

– Head, Elizabeth Cairncross, Wells Cathedral School
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Hospital announces review after missing mother's body found

The hospital where tragic mother Charlotte Bevan gave birth to her daughter before going missing has announced a review into her care, following the discovery of her body.

We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of Charlotte Bevan and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family.

While it remains unclear as to how Charlotte died, we will be conducting a thorough review of the care Charlotte and her baby received to see if there was anything we could have done to prevent this tragic and unexplained death.

We continue to work closely with other agencies who are continuing to search for Charlotte's baby daughter.

– University Hospitals Bristol Trust spokeswoman

Body in Avon Gorge identified as missing Bristol mum

Body identified as Charlotte Bevan Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

The body of a woman found in the Avon Gorge in Bristol has been formally identified as missing mother Charlotte Bevan.

30 year old Charlotte was reported missing on Tuesday evening after leaving the Bristol Maternity Hospital in Southwell Street with her newborn daughter Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck.

An intensive search operation is still underway in the Avon Gorge area involving police, Avon Search and Rescue, mountain rescue volunteers and the police helicopter.

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