New photos of newborn baby ‘abandoned in a bush’ as name released

New photos have been released of a newborn baby found abandoned in a bush in London as he was named as Edward.

Young Edward was discovered on Saturday wrapped in a white knitted blanket and dressed in a grey babygrow romper and hat. He was found on Sandringham Road, Hackney, London, about 12 hours after being born.

Hackney local Lauren Smith claimed in a Facebook post that her grandad was the one to find the baby.

"He's a postman [and] was doing his round. His colleague thought he could hear kittens in the bush so they went to check and it was this bubba," she said.

"If you know anything please contact the police. The baby is ok but might not have been if he wasn't found!

"Can't imagine what goes through a mother's head or what her circumstances are to have to come to this decision. She needs to be found. Please share to London and surrounding areas."

Hospital medics named the tot Edward, after the man who brought him in.

On Monday police released new photos of the baby boy, along with a plea for his mum to come forward.

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"Baby Edward was only about 12 hours old when he was found abandoned on a doorstep in Sandringham Road," said Detective Sergeant Andy Barry, from Central East Area Safeguarding Unit.

"Edward is being well cared for by hospital staff and is a healthy, bonny lad.

"I am reaching out to Edward's mother. You are my primary concern. I do not know the circumstances around Edward's birth, but as a father myself, I understand how daunting becoming a parent can be.

"I can offer you help, please be assured that you are not in trouble. Edward is safe and well and your health and wellbeing is our priority.

"To anyone who may know Edward's mother, I'd urge you to come forward and help me locate her – this can be done in confidence.

"I'd also like to hear from anyone who was in the Sandringham Road area between 10am and 12pm on Saturday, 25 January.

"If you noticed anything or saw someone please contact us as a matter of urgency."

Anyone with information is urged to call the police on 101 quoting Cad 3039/25Jan or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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