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Climbers aid in search operation for missing Bristol baby

Climbers have joined in the search for a new-born baby who went missing on Tuesday.

Avon and Somerset Police have told ITV News West Country they are concentrating their search in the Avon Gorge area, where a woman's body was found late last night. Formal identification is expected today.

Climbers join in search for missing baby Credit: ITV News

The Portway, a main route into Bristol city centre, and nearby Bridge Valley Road has been closed by police.

South Wales police are to aid the operation along with specialist police dogs.

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South Wales Police to help in the search for Bristol baby

Avon and Somerset Police are continuing to search for a new-born baby. The force says South Wales Police will be joining the search operation.

Police continue search in the Avon Gorge

Helicopter above Avon Gorge Credit: ITV News

Avon and Somerset Police are continuing their search this morning. A body has been discovered in the hunt for a missing mother and her four-day old baby.

30 year old Charlotte Bevan walked out of Bristol Maternity Hospital on Tuesday with her daughter, Zaani Tiana.

Formal identification is due to take place later today but Ms Bevan’s family have been informed.

Police continue search for baby

Avon and Somerset Police have told ITV News West Country that their efforts in searching for Charlotte Bevan's baby are concentrating solely on the area where a woman's body was found late last night.

Formal identification is expected late this morning or this afternoon.

South Wales Police are also helping in the search and are bringing in specially-trained dogs to scour undergrowth on the Clifton side of the Avon Gorge.

It's hoped the dogs will help speed up work in trying to locate the four-day-old baby who was carried out of Bristol's St Michael's Hospital at 8.30pm on Tuesday evening, wrapped only in a blanket.

Avon and Somerset Police are refusing to comment on speculation the victim had fallen from Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Activity directly beneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge Credit: ITV News

Officers were at the scene close to the Observatory until 3am today and resumed their search at first light.

A family liaison officer is providing support to Charlotte Bevan's partner and family. No comment is expected from them for some time.

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Search continues late into night after body found

Police continued to search in the Avon Gorge area Credit: ITV News West Country

Police searching for a missing mother and her five day old baby continued late into the night after a body was found.

Charlotte Bevan left St Michael's Hospital at 9 o'clock on Tuesday night. The body was discovered late last night in the Avon Gorge. Charlotte's family have been informed and formal identification is due to take place today.

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Police continue to search Bristol area where body was found

Throughout the night police have been searching the area of the Avon Gorge where a body was found in the search for missing mum Charlotte Bevan.

Police and ambulance service vehicles on the side of the road next to the Avon Gorge. Credit: ITV News
Activity directly beneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Credit: ITV News

A police helicopter flew above the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol as it assisted the officers' efforts.

A police helicopter flies above the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Credit: ITV News
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Police: Body found in Avon Gorge 'desperately sad'

Replying to a tweet from ITV News presenter Alastair Stewart, Gareth Morgan, deputy chief constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, described the news from Bristol as "desperately sad".

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