We’ll never stop seeking answers

Det Chief Insp Andrea Barrow says she will never give up the search to find out what happened to the baby found in a Kirkham stream.
Det Chief Insp Andrea Barrow says she will never give up the search to find out what happened to the baby found in a Kirkham stream.
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A newborn baby boy should be spending his first Christmas surrounded by family and friends.

Instead, police continue to investigate how the infant came to be found dead in a remote stream on the outskirts of Kirkham.

Det Chief Insp Andrea Barrow, from Lancashire Police’s Major Investigation Team, today vowed never to give up the search to find out the circumstances surrounding the baby’s death.

She said he cannot be laid to rest until the police determine exactly what happened to him.

She said: “It’s really sad. It would have been the first Christmas for the baby and I’m sure the mother will be very upset and going through a lot of turmoil.

“We don’t know if this baby has been named or where he has come from.

“For his sake, we want to give some sort of explanation, some sort of closure.”

The grim discovery was made by a couple who were walking their dog on Saturday, October 1.

The baby was found in Spen Brook, a few hundred yards away from the Boys Brigade Club on Carr Lane.

Since then officers have carried out searches of the area and house to house inquiries.

Detectives have carried out 11,000 “actions” – such as interviews or viewing CCTV – and spoken to more than 1,200 people, including residents in London as well as the Fylde coast.

The key today remains finding the child’s mother.

Det Chief Insp Barrow added: “Our determination to get to the bottom of this matter is still as strong as it was when the inquiry began back in October.

“As the festive season is upon us, I cannot help but think about the mother of this baby and how she must be feeling. Not only might she require medical attention but she must need some emotional support. I would always urge her to come forward and contact us and let us help her.

“I know she might be frightened or feel like it is too late now but I would reassure her that it isn’t. Until we find out what has happened then her baby boy cannot be laid to rest.”

Appeals have also gone national on BBC1’s Crimewatch and ITV1’s This Morning’s Crime File.

Detectives have also done a Facebook advert which has attracted more than 1,900 views and a YouTube video appeal which has reached more than 2,300 people – all in a bid to try to trace the mother of the baby boy.

Items such as a blue and white fleece, which the baby was wearing, as well as two towels – one featuring a Union Jack and another by Renaissance brand – and an Evans shoe box found near the scene are vital to the police’s investigation.

Det Chief Insp Barrow added: “We are pleased with the help and support we have had from the public and the people of Kirkham have shown a real strong community spirit and are assisting the investigation by displaying posters and they have even raised money to pay for a funeral.

“We are very grateful for their support but would still urge people to come forward if they have any information that might help us solve what has happened.

“The fleece was sold in Asda in late 2008 so it’s highly probable it has been used previously and passed to a relative, charity shop or car boot sale. If anyone recognises it I urge them to get in touch.

“I believe that the answers are out there somewhere and we will not rest and leave no stone unturned until we get to the bottom of exactly what has happened.”

n Anyone with information can contact the police on 0845 1253545 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.