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Search for Tooting Bec Common baby remains continues

Searches of a popular common are continuing after two legs, thought to be those of a newborn baby, were found in a council depot in south London.

Police are still trying to trace the mother of the white child who was born about two weeks ago and had gone to full term.

The remains were discovered on Monday in a council depot that runs through Tooting Bec Common.

Detectives hope to finish the search of the common by the end of Friday.

Det Ch Insp Mark Dunne said he would be "very surprised" if the remains were deliberately left where they were found.

"They were discovered in a council depot that staff use as a car park," he said.

"We can't discount animal activity in terms of these few remains.

"I would be very surprised if they had arrived where they were found by a human being putting them there."

DNA tests

Detectives have contacted medical centres and schools in an attempt to find the parents.

The area where the body parts were found is about two miles from St George's Hospital in Tooting.

A post-mortem examination was carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which showed that the baby was born about two weeks ago, but it could not be determined whether the child was stillborn.

Det Ch Insp Dunne added: "The focus right now is to identify the parents, particularly the mother because she or they are almost certainly going to be in need of some of the care services support.

"We have contacted educational establishments and health trusts to ask if they have any concerns about young people who may have been due to give birth around that time."

DNA tests are being carried out on the remains, but have yet to yield any results.

Appealing to anyone with information, Det Ch Insp Dunne said: "Allow a few moments to ask yourselves 'do I know anyone who was due to give birth or at the end of their pregnancy term and have I seen that mother or parents since then?'"

He added: "Anyone who does contact us, their details will not be revealed to any other party and our inquiries will be discreet."

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