POLICE have issued a direct plea to a new mother after the body of a recently born baby was found on a Hampshire street.

Officers have asked the mother to come forward to help in their instigations.

It comes after the discovery at the junction of Victoria Street and Old Commercial Road in Portsmouth at about 6.18am on Saturday.

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.

“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.

“If you have any concerns, however insignificant you may believe them to be, please do not hesitate to approach an officer or to call us."

Officers carried out house-to-house enquiries in the area over the weekend.

Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting Operation Cravat or 44200030626.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Information can also be submitted online by clicking here.