Body of newborn baby found in canal

The body of a newborn baby was found in the Grand Union Canal in north-west London on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 4:32 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th May 2021, 4:52 pm
Emergency services on the Grand Union Canal near Old Oak Lane in north west London where the baby was found. Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Police and paramedics were called at just before 1.20pm to the body of an infant found in the water.

The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

An urgent investigation is under way to establish the circumstances, the force said.

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A number of cordons are in place at the scene.

The Met has urged the baby’s mother to “seek medical assistance” by dialling 999.

Witnesses said that dozens of police, ambulance and fire vehicles can be seen in the area, close to an industrial estate in Park Royal.

A number of roads and pathways have been cordoned off, with police continuing to extend the area.

Officers have told people the cordons could be in place for “hours”.

Emergency staff wearing diving clothing, such as wetsuits, could also be seen walking close to where the incident took place.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 1:35pm today to Old Oak Lane, NW10, to reports of a body of an infant found in the canal.

“We sent a number of resources to the scene: an incident response officer, an advanced paramedic practitioner, a clinical team manager and two ambulance crews. We also dispatched our hazardous area response team.

“Sadly, an infant was confirmed to be deceased at the scene.”