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Discovery of newborn baby's body Needham Market

The Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team have launched an investigation following the discovery of a newborn baby's body at Needham Market on 14th May 2020

Details of Incident

Today, Friday 14 May, marks one year since the body of a newborn baby girl was found at a recycling centre in Needham Market.


Officers were called shortly after 3pm on Thursday 14 May 2020, to Sackers recycling centre in Ipswich Road, where the body of a baby was discovered.


It is believed she was taken to Sackers on the same day within one of two waste collection vehicles that collected commercial waste throughout the day from 52 different locations.


During the year since the discovery was made, a substantial amount of work has been completed and a dedicated team of officers reviewed more than 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and visited over 800 addresses.


A comprehensive search was undertaken at the recycling centre, during which a number of items were seized. Sadly, forensic analysis of the items did not provide any further answers in the search for the baby girl’s parents.


A Home Office post-mortem was held on Tuesday 19 May 2020. A final comprehensive report remains outstanding, owing to the involvement of several experts.


Officers are now focussing on the use of modern and innovative DNA techniques to help identity the baby’s parents or relatives.


Chief Superintendent Tonya Antonis said: "Today, marks a year since the body of a newborn baby girl was tragically found at the recycling centre.


"Since discovering her, we have carried out extensive enquiries and are still working towards understanding the circumstances that led to the little girl being placed in one of two bin lorries and being taken to Sackers.


"On 14 May 2020, the waste recycling lorries collected from 52 separate locations, all belonging to businesses rather than private homes. Many of these were in and around the Ipswich area, with some collections being made along the general route from Sackers in Needham Market.  


"Despite the length of time, we’re still urging anyone with information to come forward. it isn’t too late, we still need the help of the public.


"We believe someone out there will have crucial information that will lead to us being able to give this baby girl her identity.


"This baby was found during the first lockdown in the country, a time when her mother may have been in contact with fewer people than normal.


"We’re keen to speak to anyone who may have had concerns about a female prior to the country entering lockdown at the end of March, just a short time before this baby girl was born and sadly found.


"We’re directly appealing to anyone who may have noticed a difference with a female or family member after lockdown eased in June.


"We appreciate how difficult it may be to come forward and speak to us but as the investigation continues, we remain determined to find out what happened to this little girl.


"Anyone who is anxious about coming forward can contact us 100% anonymously via Crimestoppers. Any information, even provided anonymously, may help."






Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak to someone please call 101 and ask for Suffolk Police quoting 'Op Shelby or 37/26499/20'


Alternatively you can visit the Suffolk Constabulary website

Crimestoppers, the independent charity, can also be used with 100% anonymity - they can be contacted on 0800 555111 or online at


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