A ‘full-term baby boy’ has been found dead at a well-known golf course in Wirral, police revealed.
Police officers have been at Brackenwood golf course in Bebington since 4.25pm on Friday after the grim discovery.
The force said it is not clear at this stage how the infant died, how long he had been there for or what the cause of death was.
He was found in a wooded area near the golf course, a spokeswoman for the police confirmed.
Officers confirmed the tragic news on Saturday after a large police presence and search was underway at Brackenwood golf course, on Bracken Lane in Bebington. Pictured, police forensic officers at the scene
An extensive search of the area has now been carried out by specialist officers and an investigation is ongoing.
A post mortem is due to take place on Monday.
Officers appeared to put up a forensic tent at the course and police were seen searching the area with torches.
It is understood a forensic tent was set up around the 16th fairway of the popular golf course, which is run by Wirral Council.
Pictures from the scene today showed forensic officers scouring the area.
The club has been closed since January 4 in accordance with the national lockdown guidelines.
An extensive search of the area has now been carried out by specialist officers and an investigation is ongoing. A post mortem is due to take place on Monday. Pictured, officers at the golf course
Detective Chief Superintendent Lee Turner said: ‘This is obviously a very distressing incident but I want the public to be reassured that we will do everything in our powers to investigate what has taken place. I would ask that people avoid speculating about what has happened until the full facts are known.
‘At this stage, all we can say is that the body of what appears to be a full-term baby boy was discovered in a wooded area on the golf course yesterday and police were alerted.
‘A post mortem will take place on Monday to establish how and when he died and how long his body was there before being discovered.
‘Extensive enquiries are currently being carried out to trace the mother of the baby to check her welfare and offer any support. I would ask anyone who has any information which could assist us with that to contact us as a matter of urgency.
‘I would also ask anyone who has any information which could further assist the investigation to contact us either by calling 101, DM @MerPolCC or anonymously via CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.’