1. ITV Report

Concerns grow for mother of baby girl found dead in Portsmouth

Concerns are growing for the mother of a baby found dead by the roadside in Portsmouth on Saturday (25th).

The baby girl was left at the junction for Victoria Street and Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, close to the birthplace of Charles Dickens.

Tributes have been left by members of the public at the spot where she was found.

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Police say they are in the early stages of an investigation, and officers remain at the scene carrying out house to house enquiries in the area.

They are now looking to speak to five people who were seen on CCTV walking through Old Commercial Road from 5am onwards on Saturday morning.

I am now making a direct appeal to them. Please contact us. Whether you saw anything or not, it helps us to build our picture of what has happened."

– DCI Simon Baker, Hampshire Police
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We are extremely concerned for the welfare of the mother of this child. I am making a direct appeal to her to get in touch with us. I know this must be a very distressing time for you, but I want to make sure you are getting the right help and care. I understand you may be frightened, but it is important that you get in touch with us.

"We want to speak with anyone who has concerns about someone who has recently been heavily pregnant, that you suspect may have been heavily pregnant or who has given birth very recently. Or maybe you have concerns for the whereabouts of a recently born baby. Anyone who contacts us can speak with us in complete confidence. Our priority now is to ensure the mother of this child receives the assistance she requires."

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Baker

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting Operation Cravat or 44200030626 or alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.