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Body of newborn baby recovered from a river in the UK

Police said the body of the baby was recovered earlier this evening
Police said the body of the baby was recovered earlier this evening

The body of a newborn baby has been recovered from a river, police said.

The baby was retrieved from the River Taff in Cardiff shortly after 6pm today.

South Wales Police has appealed for help in finding the mother.

Detective Inspector Paul Latham said: "We want to locate the mother of this baby to ensure she receives the medical attention she needs."

The baby was taken out of the water near the junction of Penarth Road and the Taff Embankment.

Mr Latham called for the mother of the baby to come forward.

"We appeal to her to contact us, so that we can provide her with the support and reassurance that she requires," he said.

"We want to hear from anyone who has any information concerning this incident or from anybody who may be able to assist us in identifying the mother of this baby who is believed to have been born within the last few days.

"Whilst this investigation is in its early stages, I want to stress that our priority is the safety and wellbeing of the mother at this time."

News of the grim discovery has been met with shock and sadness from the local community as well as among the emergency services.

Jennie Griffiths, head of South Wales Fire and Rescue control, tweeted: "Incredibly sad news at the River Taff tonight thoughts go to all emergency service crews working at the site."

Local resident Chris Piper also wrote: "Hearing about the baby's body in the Taff is horrendous ... RIP little one."

Police in the city are now appealing for the mother to come forward, or anybody who may have information.