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Hampshire Constabulary - Op Cravat - Portsmouth

Hampshire Constabulary have launched an investigation into the death of a recently born baby found in Old Commercial road, Portsmouth 25/01/2020

Details of Incident

We are currently investigating the death of a recently born baby girl, who was found at the junction for Victoria Street and Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, close to the birthplace of Charles Dickens. The picture or the yellow towel above was found at the scene and we believe the baby had been wrapped in.

Police were called at 6.18am 25/01/2020 and officers are carrying out enquiries in the area.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Baker said: “We are extremely concerned for the welfare of the mother of this child.

“I am making a direct appeal to her to get in touch with us. I know this must be a very distressing time for you, but I want to make sure you are getting the right help and care.

“I understand you may be frightened, but it is important that you get in touch with us.

“We want to speak with anyone who has concerns about someone who has recently been heavily pregnant, that you suspect may have been heavily pregnant or who has given birth very recently.

“Or maybe have concerns for the whereabouts of a new born baby.

“Anyone who contacts us can speak with us in complete confidence. Our priority now is to ensure the mother of this child receives the assistance she requires.

“Officers will be carrying out house to house enquiries in the Old Commercial Road area today and you will see an increased presence.

“If you have any concerns, however insignificant you may believe them to be, please do not hesitate to approach an officer or to call us.

Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak to someone, please call 101 and ask for Hampshire Constabulary, quoting reference 44200030626 or Operation Cravat.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their online anonymous form at  No personal details are taken, calls cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.