Bramley baby Peter: Police issue towel appeal


Police investigating the mystery of a newborn baby left outside a Bramley vicarage have released details of a distinctive towel he was wrapped in. 

‘Baby Peter’, who was found next to the doorstep of St Peter’s Church vicarage in Hough Lane, Bramley, on Wednesday November 23, was wrapped in the distinctive blue striped towel.

He was also wrapped in a men’s white 15-inch collar shirt from clothing firm Dunnes (above) and was inside a Tesco ‘bag for life’ (below).

He was pronounced dead at hospital and the cause of death currently remains unknown. 

Nearly a month on from the discovery, officers are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries to trace the mother and establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident. 

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Bryar, who is leading the investigation, said:

“We remain very concerned for the welfare of the mother of this baby boy and are continuing to explore all available lines of enquiry to identify her and make sure she gets the help and support she will need. 

“We hope that releasing details of the distinctive towel that ‘Peter’ was wrapped in will help someone put that together with the 15-inch collar men’s white shirt and the Tesco bag for life and let us know who they think the mother could be.”

Det Ch Insp Bryar said police have identified a DNA profile of the mother – but the profile is not recorded on police systems. She added:

“The towel has no label on it and so we would also be interested in hearing from anyone who owns this type of towel or knows where they are sold. 

“I want to stress again that our absolute priority is the welfare of the mother of this baby boy and I want her to know that she has my personal assurance that we will do everything we can to help and support her.” 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 quoting log number 354 of November 23.


A community appeal to provide a headstone and send-off for baby Peter has raised more than £2,000.


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