A newborn baby was found dead on Thursday 20 August by emergency services at Bradford household waste centre on Bowling Back Lane

The baby was wrapped in a pink towel which depicted the island of Fuerteventura in yellow on a purple background.

There were various pictures associated with tropical locations on the towel also including fish, sea horses and a palm tree.

Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said: ‘This is heart-breaking news. We want to send our condolences and our prayers out to everyone involved.

‘Our recycling facility at Bowling Back Lane has been closed until further notice.

‘Our main priority now is to support our staff members who were affected by this incident and assist the police with their investigation into this awful event.’

Police have launched a desperate appeal in aid of their search for the baby’s mother with concerns growing for her welfare after the tragic event.

Sara Hollins who is head of midwifery for Bradford, said:

“Our main priority is to find the mum of the baby as we are concerned for her wellbeing and want to ensure she gets the appropriate medical care and support.

“We are urging mum or any friends of mum to call the police on 101 or via 07753 672648 (you can text if you want) quoting log 564.

“Mum is likely to be from the Bradford area.”

If you don’t want to ring or text you can live / instant ‘chat’ with West Yorkshire Police remotely on https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101LiveChat which will be live throughout the night.

Or if you don’t want to speak to the police you can contact the Bradford Maternity Assessment Unit on 01274 364531 (open 24 hours a day)