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Blue bins offer clues to identity of baby boy found at Waterbeach

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Detectives have narrowed down the area that a baby boy found at a recycling centre may have come from as the investigation into his death continues.

Recent enquiries with recycling centre staff have revealed it is likely the baby may have come from recycling collected from household blue bins in Peterborough and its surrounding villages, March, Whittlesey, Melbourn, or streets off Mill Road in Cambridge.

The new-born has since been ‘named’ Gabriel by medical staff due to his discovery at the centre, in Ely Road, Waterbeach, on 29 November, just before the start of advent.

Baby found at recycling centre,
Ely Road, Waterbeach
Wednesday 30 November 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

A post-mortem examination carried out earlier this month (5 December) returned inconclusive results about how he died.

Police continue their efforts, together with partners, to get to the bottom of what happened to him.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Massey said: “We are still investigating this tragic incident and trying to locate the baby’s mother to offer her all the support she needs.

“It is important to note that we have now obtained the baby boy’s DNA, so we can compare this to any name that is put forward for a parent.

“We are particularly touched by the gesture of medical staff ‘naming’ him Gabriel, given the start of advent, while we work together to try to identify him and his family.

“We are still keeping an open mind as to what has happened and are exploring every potential avenue, but if anyone has any information we would strongly urge them to contact us or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Anyone with information is urged to pass it to the force online via the Major Incident Public Portal. If anyone has immediate concerns for someone’s safety, they are encouraged to call 999.



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