An appeal has been launched for the mother of a foetus found in a box outside a hospital to come forward.

The box was found outside Barnet Hospital this morning (January 30) after 9am.

According to the Metropolitan Police, it is believed the foetus was around 16 weeks into gestation.

The matter is being treated as unexplained and officers are urging the mother to come forward as there are concerns for her welfare.

The Met believe that a man in his 30s who wore dark clothing left the box outside.

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Detective Inspector Matt Coad said: “At this moment, our priority is to ensure that the mother is ok and that she receives the appropriate medical attention.

“This is likely to be a traumatic time for her, and I would ask that she makes contact either with us, her local GP or a hospital.

“We believe that the box was left by a man, aged in 30s, who was wearing dark clothing. I would also encourage him to come forward so that we can help.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference CAD 1599/30Jan.