Funeral held for baby girl discovered in waste at rubbish tip

Funeral of Baby S in Ipswich Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Baby S, as she is known, has still not been identified - Credit: Charlotte Bond

A funeral has been held for a newborn baby girl who was found dead at a recycling centre in Suffolk 21 months ago. 

The burial service for 'Baby S' - who was found at the Sackers recycling centre in Needham Market in May 2020 - took place this afternoon. 

Funeral of Baby S in Ipswich Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The private service was held at the Millennium Cemetery in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond

The moving private service was conducted by celebrant Patrick Eade at the Millennium Cemetery in Tuddenham Road, Ipswich. 

Police were called to Sackers recycling centre on Thursday, May 14, 2020, after the body of the baby girl was discovered among waste material.

It is believed the baby was transported in one of two vehicles that collected commercial waste earlier in the day from 52 different locations in and around Ipswich

Funeral of Baby S in Ipswich Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Police officers and employees from Sackers and the council gather at the funeral of Baby S - Credit: Charlotte Bond

The waste belonged to businesses and not private homes. 

Despite a thorough investigation, which included scouring more than 11,000 hours of CCTV footage, detectives have not been able to identify the baby girl or her parents.

Items were also taken away from the recycling centre for forensic analysis, but none were able to provide any further answers in the search for the baby's parents. 

Funeral of Baby S in Ipswich Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Petals are scattered as Baby S is laid to rest - Credit: Charlotte Bond

A Home Office post-mortem examination was carried out in May of last year but the cause of death was not established. 

A year after the discovery, in May 2021, Suffolk police renewed their appeals for more information about the young girl and the circumstances around her death. 

The force said it had been working with DNA experts in order to uncover the identity of Baby S and urged anyone with information to come forward. 

Funeral of Baby S in Ipswich Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Flowers at the funeral of Baby S in Ipswich on Thursday - Credit: Charlotte Bond

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A full inquest into the death of Baby S was originally opened in May 2020 and has been adjourned several times to allow for further investigation work to be carried out. 

The latest date given for the inquest is April 13. 

Funeral of Baby S in Ipswich Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

DI Karl Nightingale spoke following the funeral service of Baby S in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond

After the service, Detective Inspector Karl Nightingale, of Suffolk police, said: "Today we have laid this new-born baby girl to rest.

"Known only as Baby S at this time, we remain keen to establish the facts of what happened prior to her discovery on May 14, 2020.

"After nearly two years people's lives have changed. Very few may know the truth about this girl's story."

Funeral of Baby S in Ipswich Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The hearse at the funeral of Baby S - Credit: Charlotte Bond

DI Nightingale said the force was still "pursing a number of lines of enquiry". 

"The investigation still remains open, active and current," he said. 

"Today provides a further opportunity for us to reach out and ask people to come forward with information because we believe that there are people out there, perhaps even a small circle of people, who do information that could help identify the parents of Baby S. 

"We've always kept a very open mind about what happened to Baby S, about how she came to be found in the bin on May 14, 2020, and therefore there are some people out there who can help us complete this story for us and help us understand what happened to her."

"Her story at the moment is very much untold and unknown."

Baby S, whose body was found in Needham Market, is laid to rest

Baby S, whose body was found in Needham Market, is laid to rest - Credit: Archant

DI Nightingale added that DNA and forensic was still ongoing and that it was not possible yet to say how the baby girl died. 

Information can be provided using the online portal, or via the Suffolk Constabulary website

Alternatively, information can be provided via Crimestoppers on the crime-fighting charity's website or by calling 0800 555111.