Baby’s body found

Police searching the area near where a white tent has been erected.
Police searching the area near where a white tent has been erected.
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A MAJOR police investigation is underway after a baby’s body was found in Kirkham.

The two-month-old child was discovered by a dog walker at 2pm on Saturday in a culvert off Carr Lane, near Treales.

Police teams are searching woods and farmland

Police teams are searching woods and farmland

It is thought the baby had been at the spot at Spen Brook for some time.

Police have yet to ascertain whether the baby was a boy or a girl.

The death is not being treated as murder and has been described as “unexplained” by detectives.

Detectives, who today appealed for the baby’s mother to come forward, released a number of details they hoped would help with the investigation.

The baby was found in a George at Asda fleece and a union jack towel was found next to the body.

Police search and forensic teams were at the scene today and were searching a large area between Carr Lane and Spen Lane on the outskirts of Kirkham.

A post mortem was due to be held later today.

Det Supt Neil Esseen, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “We are in the early stages of this investigation and the death of this child is at the moment unexplained.

“What is not clear at this stage is whether there is perhaps a vulnerable young mother out there who may have left her baby or whether this is something more sinister.

“If there is someone out there who has abandoned a young child in this area then I would appeal to them directly to get in touch with the police.

“I would also ask any concerned family members or health professionals to call us - we need to find out who this child is.

“I would also stress that although the child was found in Kirkham, we have no evidence at this time that the child is from the local area, and would therefore ask people from all over the country to come forward if they have concerns.

“Even the smallest amount of information could help us take the investigation forward and I would urge anyone who thinks they may be able to help to get in touch.”

If anyone has any information they should call Lancashire Police on 08451 25 35 45 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.