Police share CCTV in urgent hunt for missing mum and newborn baby

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Police believe this CCTV image shows mum Constance Marten in Essex
Police believe this CCTV image shows mum Constance Marten in Essex

Police searching for a couple who have disappeared with their newborn baby have released a CCTV image believed to be of the mother.

Constance Marten and Mark Gordon had been travelling on the motorway when their vehicle broke down near junction four of the M61 near Bolton on Thursday.

The family then walked towards Anchor Lane bridge which links the Highfield and Little Hulton areas.

Greater Manchester Police believe the new image shows Ms Marten, wrapped in a large red scarf, outside Harwich Port in Essex on Saturday at 9am.

The force believes she had “very recently given birth”, with neither her nor her baby checked over by doctors.

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Police share CCTV in urgent hunt for missing mum and newborn babyA handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of Mark Gordon (PA)
Police share CCTV in urgent hunt for missing mum and newborn babyPolice do not believe Constance has seen medical attention since giving birth (PA)

GMP's head of public protection, Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, previously said: "As a mum, I would like to make a direct appeal to Constance.

"Constance, I know this is an exceptionally hard time for you and you are likely feeling scared, but I promise that our number one priority is the same as yours - to keep your beautiful newborn safe.

"As you know, it's really important that both you and your baby are assessed by medical professionals as soon as possible, so please make contact with emergency services or make your way to your nearest hospital, wherever that may be.

"I would also like to appeal to members of the public, not just in Bolton but across Greater Manchester and beyond.

Police share CCTV in urgent hunt for missing mum and newborn babyThe bridge over the M61 where the family's car broke down (Google Maps)

"If you have any information about this family's whereabouts, please do nothing more than contact emergency services.

Mr Gordon is described as wearing dark clothing while Ms Marten, who has a southern accent, was wearing a burgundy coat. The baby was swaddled.

Police have asked members of the public to report any information or sightings of the couple immediately via 999, quoting 2657 05/01/23.

Information can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Antony Clements-Thrower

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