Police find key clue in search for mum after baby found dead at recycling plant

A police hunt is underway for a mum who left her newborn baby’s body at a recycling centre as cops unveil a vital clue to track her down.

The dead tot was found wrapped in a towel at a recycling centre in Bradford, Yorkshire yesterday.

Police have been searching the area for clues today as they try to piece together where the newborn came from.

Cops said a towel, which which features a large yellow map of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands as well as small images of fish, sea horses and a palm tree, could be the key to their investigation.

And there is concern for the health of the mum.

Sara Hollins, head of midwifery for Bradford, said: “Our main priority is to find the mum of the baby as we are concerned for her well-being and want to ensure she gets the appropriate medical care and support.”

Police have not revealed the gender of the baby – but they believe its mother is from Bradford.

The recycling centre had been closed as detectives continue their investigation.

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Staff at the plant refused to comment this morning as parts of the site reopened.

Police said previously: "Emergency services have today attended Bowling Back Lane in Bradford where sadly a newborn baby has been found to have died.

"The baby was wrapped in a pink towel which depicted the island of Fuerteventura in yellow on a purple background.

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"There were various pictures associated with tropical locations on the towel also including fish, sea horses and a palm tree."

Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said: "This is heart-breaking news.

"We want to send our condolences and our prayers out to everyone involved.

"Our kerbside waste recycling facility at Bowling Back Lane has been closed until further notice."

She went on: "Our main priority now is to support our staff members who were affected by this incident and assist the police with their investigation into this awful event."

And a council spokesman said: "The Household Waste Recycling Centre at Bowling Back Lane is still open for householders to take their rubbish. The tragedy occurred at another part of the site where kerbside recycling is processed."

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