A NEWBORN baby was found dead in a street in Portsmouth this morning.

Police have launched an urgent appeal to find the mum of the baby, who was found at the junction of Victoria Street and Old Commerical Road in Portsmouth.

Hampshire Police were called at 6.18am today and officers are carrying out enquiries in the area.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Baker said: "We are extremely concerned for the welfare of the mother of this child.

"I am making a direct appeal to her to get in touch with us. I know this must be a very distressing time for you, but I want to make sure you are getting the right help and care.

"I understand you may be frightened, but it is important that you get in touch with us."

Police said the infant was found close to the Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum.

Inspector Baker added: "We want to speak with anyone who has concerns about someone who has recently been heavily pregnant, that you suspect may have been heavily pregnant or who has given birth very recently.

"Or maybe you have concerns for the whereabouts of a recently born baby.

"Anyone who contacts us can speak with us in complete confidence. Our priority now is to ensure the mother of this child receives the assistance she requires.

"Officers will be carrying out house to house enquiries in the Old Commercial Road area today and you will see an increased presence."

This comes as police launched a desperate attempt to track down the mum of a newborn baby who was abandoned in Hackney, London, this morning.

The baby boy was found alive in a bush at 11.40am and is being treated in hospital.

Cops are now urging the mum to come forward in case she needs medical attention.

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