By Calvin Palmer
Workers clearing a tank at a Humberside sewage works yesterday found body parts belonging to a baby.
Humberside Police said the body parts were found at Saltend, near Hull. It is not known if they are male or female.
Police have appealed to the mother of the baby to come forward.
Superintendent Christine Kelk confirmed the baby was born at 30 to 35-weeks gestation.
Kelk said: ”I would like to appeal directly to the mother of this baby — or to anyone who may know the identity or whereabouts of this mother.
”We are already exploring a wide range of possibilities and believe that the community can play a key role in helping to identify the mother.
”Anyone who may have any information — no matter how unimportant they may believe it to be — should contact us immediately.”
Police do not know if the baby was born alive or stillborn and are waiting for the results of medical tests.
Kelk said: “We might be able to get some DNA that will assist us and also give us an indication of how the baby died and how old it is.”
She added: “It’s most important, however, that we try and trace the mother. If she has given birth recently, she may be in need of urgent medical attention and we really need to see her.”
Kelk could not comment on which body parts were found in the tank.
Anyone with information is asked to call Humberside Police on 0845 60 60 222 quoting log 378 of 120809.
[Based on a report by The Daily Telegraph.]