Mum of newborn baby found dead in London canal urged to call 999 or go to hospital by 'concerned' police

THE mum of a newborn baby found dead in a canal has been urged to call 999 or go to hospital.

Police are "concerned" for her welfare after being scrambled to Willesden, North West London, at 1.19pm on May 8 when the tragic discovery was made.

A probe was launched with cops urgently searching for the baby's mother and Met Police today urged her to seek medical help.

Detective Inspector Sarah O'Toole, said: "We are concerned for the wellbeing and safety of the baby's mother and are urging her to seek medical help by dialling 999 or by going to the nearest hospital.

"I'm also asking for the public to help us – the canal towpath is usually busy with walkers, runners and cyclists. Did you see anything in the last few days by the Grand Union canal near to Old Oak Lane or have you heard anything that might help us?

"If you have any information, please call 101 with reference Cad 3589/09May."

A cordon was put in place at the canal where the tragic tot was found in the water.

Witnesses said that dozens of police, ambulance and fire vehicles were in the area, close to an industrial estate in Park Royal, with several roads and pathways closed.

Emergency staff wearing diving clothing, such as wetsuits, could also be seen walking close to where the incident took place.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 1:35pm to Old Oak Lane, NW10, to reports of a body of an infant found in the canal.

"We sent a number of resources to the scene: an incident response officer, an advanced paramedic practitioner, a clinical team manager and two ambulance crews. We also dispatched our hazardous area response team.

"Sadly, an infant was confirmed to be deceased at the scene."

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