Police appeal to trace mother after newborn girl found in park

A newborn girl has been found abandoned at an east London park amid freezing temperatures.

The baby was discovered in Newham late on Thursday night and taken to hospital, the Metropolitan Police said.

The force said officers are growing “increasingly concerned” for the mother’s welfare.

Appealing directly to the mother, Inspector Shane Clarke of the North East Command Unit said: “I urge you to make contact either with police, your local hospital or GP surgery. It is really important that we know that you are safe.

“I would also urge anyone who has information that could help us to reunite this baby with her mother to come forward.”

The Met said it was called to reports of an abandoned baby at a park area close to Roman Road and Saxon Road at around 10.15pm.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and the infant was taken to a hospital in east London where she is being cared for.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the mother was asked to call police on 101 quoting reference CAD7825/31JAN or Tweet @MetCC.

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