Dead baby found at rubbish site

Associated Waste Management site in Shipley
Associated Waste Management site in Shipley

Police are appealing for a mother to come forward after a baby’s body was found at a rubbish site.

The body was found at Associated Waste Management, Shipley - where the body of a newborn baby girl was found in May 2011. The sex of the latest body is not known.

The site processes material from homes in Leeds and Bradford and enquiries are currently ongoing to determine where in West Yorkshire the baby may have come from.

A full postmortem is scheduled to take place to determine the cause of death but it is believed the child was only very recently born.

Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley, from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “My priority is the condition and welfare of the mother and ensuring she receives the medical care she needs.

“The mother has clearly been through a terribly traumatic experience and I would ask her to come forward and speak to us.”

The body was found at 10.30 pm on Wednesday.

Company spokesman Tim Shapcott, said: “On one of the conveyor belts coming through the plant with other materials one of the guys spotted what looked like a dead baby.

“The plant was stopped and police were called.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.