Shoebox clue in baby death

Photograph of the shoe which would have been sold in the box found near the remains
Photograph of the shoe which would have been sold in the box found near the remains
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DETECTIVES have revealed the body of a baby boy found by a stream in Kirkham had been placed in a shoe box.

Officers have released the information in the hope someone may recognise the brand of shoes and come forward and help identify the youngster’s mother.

Picture of the same type of shoe box as the remains found at the scene

Picture of the same type of shoe box as the remains found at the scene

The shoe box, which was from Evans and would have contained a size five black high-heeled shoe, was discovered in a black Blackpool Council-branded bin bag around 20 metres up Spen Brook, off Carr Lane.

Officers have also revealed they now believe the infant, who was full-term and no more than one month old when he died, had been in the water for less than five days when he was discovered by dog walkers on Saturday October 1.

Det Supt Neil Esseen, who is leading the investigation, said: “On their own these items may seem fairly insignificant, however if there is anybody out there who can link these items together then I would urge them to come forward and speak with us. Our main priority is to trace the mother of the baby boy.”

The new information came to light ahead of detectives appearing on BBC1’s Crimewatch last night.

Det Supt Esseen added: “I hope the Crimewatch appeal will provide us with some crucial leads. Maybe even the mother of the baby herself, or even the father or other close family members, will have seen the appeal and we would urge them to come forward so we can offer them the support they may need.”

Anyone with information can call Lancashire Police on 08451 253545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.