A newborn baby has been found abandoned in a London street with his umbilical cord reportedly still attached.
Police were called by a member of the public at about 11.40am today after reports of an abandoned baby boy in Hackney.
The infant was found wearing a grey babygrow and a grey hat. He was wrapped up in a white knitted blanket.
A woman has claimed her granddad found the baby in a bush as he was doing his round as a postman. She said a colleague initially thought he could hear 'kittens'.
In an appeal to try and help find his mum, Lauren Smith wrote: "London and surrounding. URGENT.
"My grandad has just found a baby abandoned in a bush on Sandringham road hackney e8.
"If you know anything please contact the police. The baby is ok but might not have been if he wasn’t found!"
"He’s a postman 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 continued.
She added that the mother "needs to be found" and asked people in London and surrounding areas to share her plea.
Lauren said her granddad was in "complete shock".
She wrote in a Facebook comment: "He took the baby into the Royal Mail van to warm him up and called the police. About 7 cars showed up so at least they’re on the ball!"
The photo of the baby has been shared more than 10,000 times on Facebook.
Many have commented showing their concern for both the baby and his mum.
"I’m devastated, pray they find his mummy. She needs help and support, and to know her baby is safe," one said.
"I feel broken for her."
Another wrote: "Omg, so so glad he was found, can't begin to imagine otherwise."
Police are appealing for the baby's mum to come forward so that she can receive medical care and support.
A statement by the Metropolitan Police said: "London Ambulance Service also attended and the baby boy is currently being cared for at an east London hospital.
"Following initial enquiries, it appears this baby was born outside of a hospital environment."
In a direct appeal to the child's mother, Inspector Kevin Weeks of the Central East Command Unit said: "I would urge the mother of this baby to make contact either with police, your local hospital or GP surgery and let us know that you are safe and can receive any medical care you may need.
"Our primary focus is to ensure the wellbeing of both you and your child.
"I would also urge anyone who has information that could help us to reunite this baby with his mother to come forward."
If you have any information that could help police, please call 101 and quote CAD 3039/25Jan.
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