Stepping up baby inquiry

Incident room at Blackpool Police station

Incident room at Blackpool Police station

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POLICE are stepping up their search for the mother of a baby found dead in a stream.

More than 40 detectives are now working out of a special incident room at Blackpool Police Station following the shocking discovery on the outskirts of Kirkham last Saturday.

Officers will tomorrow carry out a high profile leaflet drop following the grim discovery of the dead baby boy.

They will also be handing out leaflets with details of the tragic incident at Greenhalgh car boot sale, near Junction 3 off the M55 on Sunday morning, in a bid to encourage more members of the public to come forward.

Police set up the incident room at Blackpool Police Station on Bonny Street after a couple walking their dog found the body of the baby in a stream near Carr Lane on Saturday.

Yesterday it was revealed the baby was a full-term boy who could have laid in the stream for up to a month.

Det Chief Insp Andrea Barrow, from the force major investigation team, said: “We have got a significant amount of resources working on this. We have a team of around 40 detectives and police staff.

“We have briefings twice a day to make sure the investigation is focused and everyone knows what they need to be doing on that particular day.

“We are keen for people to ring us with information they have – it does not matter how trivial they may think it is, it could be important to the investigation.”

Police say they are still investigating whether a teenage girl seen on a dirt track off Carr Lane is connected to the discovery of the body. Officers received information a girl in her late teens was seen pushing an empty pram in the area last week.

A police spokesman said: “Police are trying to establish whether a girl seen pushing a pram is connected.”

Images of items found near the body of the baby in Spen Brook have been released by police.

Officers are asking anyone who recognises a Union Jack towel and a green Renaissance towel – found inside a Blackpool Council-branded bin bag – and a blue and white striped Asda fleece to call them.

Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room at Blackpool Police Station on 0845 1253545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.