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Flowers left in memory of mother and daughter

Tributes are left for Charlotte Bevan and her daughter Credit: ITV News

Tributes and flowers have been left at the Avon Gorge for Charlotte Bevan and her 4 day old baby daughter. Charlotte's body was found on Wednesday night, a day after she disappeared from St Michael's hospital.

Auntie and Uncle leave tribute to Charlotte and daughter Credit: ITV News
Mums leave their tributes to the mother and daughter Credit: ITV News

Southmead Hospital remind staff of security rules

Southmead Hospital say they have reminded staff of their security rules after the deaths of a mother and her baby this week. The hospital say no-one can enter or leave the maternity wards without passing a member of staff.

We have a security guard and security cameras in our maternity reception area from the hours of 8am until 8pm. Outside of these hours doors to this area are locked and the only access in or out of the wards is via the Central Delivery Suite where there is 24-hour reception cover and no-one can get in or out without a member of staff.

In light of this sad event we have reminded the security and maternity team of our security measures.

– Lisa Marshall, Deputy Director of Midwifery


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.

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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