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Newborn boy abandoned in Cwmcarn dies, say police

The Royal Gwent Hospital
Officers took the baby to the Royal Gwent Hospital

A newborn boy has died after being abandoned at the back of a shop in Cwmcarn, Gwent Police have announced.

The baby, found wrapped in a towel at the rear of the village's Spar store, was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport but pronounced dead on arrival.

Police are "extremely concerned" about the mother's health and urged her to come forward for medical assistance.

Caerphilly superintendent John Burley also appealed for witnesses after the discovery at 1815 GMT on Thursday.

He said: "This is a tragic incident that will be felt in the local community. However our priority is finding the mother of the baby and we are appealing for her to come forward.

"We would also appeal to anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the Spar store... who may have seen something to contact us immediately."

He said anyone with concerns about a friend or relative who may be connected to events should also come forward.

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