Lancashire

Kirkham baby death: Evidence of shoe box revealed

The baby was found in a stream in Kirkham
Image caption The baby was found in a stream off Carr Lane in Kirkham on 1 October

New evidence in the unsolved case of a baby boy whose body was found in a stream in Kirkham has been revealed by detectives on BBC 1's Crimewatch.

Officers said a shoe box was found in a black bin bag at the scene, in Spen Brook, off Carr Lane, on 1 October.

The box was from Evans and would originally have contained a pair of size five shoes.

Lancashire Constabulary believe the baby's body may have been put in the box.

Police have previously publicised other items found close to the scene, including a union flag towel and a green towel with a "Renaissance" label, as well as a discoloured fleece that was originally blue and white.

'Trace the mother'

Det Supt Neil Esseen said: "On their own these items may seem fairly insignificant, however, if there is anybody out there who can link these items together then I would urge them to come forward and speak with us."

Detectives believe the baby was no more than a month old, had been born at full-term, and his body had been in the water for no more than five days when he was discovered by a dog walker.

"Our main priority is to trace the mother of the baby boy and I hope that the Crimewatch appeal will provide us with some crucial leads," said Det Supt Esseen.

"Maybe even the mother of the baby herself, or even the father or other close family members, will have seen the appeal and we would urge them to come forward so that we can offer them the support they may need."

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