A newborn baby boy has been found dead in woodland prompting a huge police investigation in Hampshire.
The death is being treated as unexplained and police are carrying out house-to-house enquiries after the discovery in Hythe.
Officers were called to the woodland at 2.05pm today and a police scene is now in place.
Police are making a direct appeal to the baby's mother and say their priority is making sure she is supported.
Detective Chief Inspector Ross Toms said: “I have no doubt this will have been a very distressing experience for the mother of this baby.
“Our priority right now is to ensure she receives the care and assistance she requires.
“I want to make a direct appeal to her.
“You may be very frightened right now and it is vitally important that you make contact with us or someone else.
“You may not want to contact the police and I understand that.
“If that is the case, I want to urge you to seek assistance from a healthcare professional or to attend a hospital as soon as possible.
“Our priority is ensuring you receive the right support."
The statement continued: “If anyone has any information that may assist our investigation, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
“Have you seen anything out of the ordinary or that concerned you in the Shore Road area?
“Maybe you have concerns about someone who has been recently heavily pregnant, that you believe may have been recently heavily pregnant or who has recently given birth?
“I would also like to hear from anyone that has CCTV or dash cam footage from Shore Road or Frost Lane and the surrounding area.
“However insignificant it may seem to you, I would urge you to call us and let us know.”
Anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting either Operation Verse or the reference 44200084127.
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