Murder inquiry launched after body of newborn baby found outside building in Ipswich

Three people have been arrested by police.

Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a newborn baby was found outside a house.

Officers were called at 12:35pm on Saturday 9 December, following reports that a newborn baby had been found outside Wilbury House on Norwich Road.

Paramedics were also called, but the baby was already dead.

Suffolk Police said the death is being treated as unexplained and is under investigation.

Police said two men and a female have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident and remain in police custody for questioning.

  • ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer is at the scene.

Six police vehicles are at the scene including a Norfolk and Suffolk police forensics van. 

A police cordon is still in place with a police officer standing outside each of the two exits from the property and a third officer outside the front of the building.

According to Ipswich Borough council's website, the property which is called Wilbury House Hotel is registered as a HMO (house of multiple occupancy).

The Victorian mansion was used in the past to temporarily house asylum seekers before they were moved into permanent accommodation.

Police vans and cars are outside the house on Norwich Road which is taped off as inquiries take place.

Police have taped off the house on Norwich Road in Ipswich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Det Chief Supt Jane Topping said: “This is a very sad and distressing incident and, at this time, our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the baby’s death is in its early stages.

“I would urge people not to speculate on social media as to the circumstances of this tragic event.”

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