Body of newborn baby found in London canal

Emergency services activity on the Grand Union Canal Credit: PA

The body of a newborn baby has been found in the Grand Union Canal in north west London, the Metropolitan Police said.

The police said officers and paramedics were called to the site near Old Oak Lane at just before 1.20pm on Sunday.

The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cordons are in place at the canal near Old Oak Lane and an urgent investigation is underway to establish the circumstances.

Emergency services activity on the Grand Union Canal. Credit: PA

Police are urging the baby’s mother to seek medical assistance by dialling 999.

Witnesses said that dozens of police, ambulance and fire vehicles can be seen in the area, close to an industrial estate in Park Royal.

A number of roads and pathways have been cordoned off, with police continuing to extend the area.

Officers have told people the cordons could be in place for “hours”.

Emergency staff wearing diving clothing, such as wetsuits, could also be seen walking close to where the incident took place.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 1:35pm today to Old Oak Lane, NW10, to reports of a body of an infant found in the canal.

“We sent a number of resources to the scene: an incident response officer, an advanced paramedic practitioner, a clinical team manager and two ambulance crews. We also dispatched our hazardous area response team.

“Sadly, an infant was confirmed to be deceased at the scene.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 3589/09.