Leeds & West Yorkshire

Baby's body found on Shipley waste site

Site where body found
Image caption The waste site processes material from homes in Leeds and Bradford

The body of a newborn baby has been found on a rubbish tip in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Police said the baby was found on Wednesday night by staff at the Valley Road waste site in Shipley.

Police said they had concerns for the health of the mother and asked her to contact officers.

The dead baby is the second found on the site in recent years. In 2011 the body of a newborn girl was discovered among waste.

Following the latest discovery, Det Supt Mark Ridley said: "The mother has clearly been through a terribly traumatic experience and I would ask her to come forward and speak to us."

The detective, from West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said his priority was the welfare of the mother and making sure she receives the medical care she needs.

A post-mortem examination will take place later to determine the cause of death.

"It is believed the child was only very recently born," a police spokesman said.

In the 2011 case, the child's mother was never found and a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive in determining the cause of death.

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