AN inquest into the death of a newborn baby girl whose body was found at a Bradford recycling site is due to open.

The heartbreaking discovery was made on August 20 last year at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Bowling Back Lane. 

At the time, police said it was believed the baby was stillborn and it was likely her mother had concealed her pregnancy. 

There were major concerns over her welfare and fears she would require urgent medical care.

Now, more than eight months on, the inquest into the death of the baby is due to be opened by Assistant Coroner Mary Burke at Bradford Coroner’s Court. 

West Yorkshire Police said the baby girl was wrapped in a pink towel, which depicted the island of Fuerteventura in yellow on a purple background.

A spokesperson said: “A post mortem examination has been conducted and it is believed the baby was stillborn.

“It is likely that this may have been a concealed pregnancy and the baby was not born in a hospital setting, so the mum of the baby may need urgent medical attention.

“Police and partner agencies are extremely concerned about the mum of the baby and are urging her, or any friends or family members to come forward to help get her the help and support she may need.”

An appeal was also issued via Sara Hollins, Head of Midwifery at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who urged the baby’s mother, who was likely to be “extremely scared and very vulnerable” to come forward.

She said: “Because of the nature and circumstances of the birth, we consider that the mother will be highly likely to have physical complications that require urgent medical care, which is why we are so concerned and anxious to find her, and she will also be experiencing significant emotional distress.”

The tragedy touched many people in the district and led to an outpouring of tributes and condolences.

Imran Hussain, Labour MP for Bradford East, told the Telegraph & Argus: “This is of course a deeply tragic and heart-breaking story that I know will touch everyone across the whole community, and my thoughts are with those staff at the Bowling Back Lane centre and others who found this poor child, as well as with everyone concerned.”

Messages were also left in the Telegraph & Argus book of condolence and social media pages.

One touching comment said: “Sleep tight princess. 
“Way too precious for this world.”
Another said: “RIP little angel. 

“Such a tragic loss of a little girl We hope your mummy is safe and well.”

A beautiful memory teddy bear was made by 3tothread, a firm which makes memorial items, after the girlfriend of one of the recycling centre’s staff got in touch with them for the touching tribute.

Owner Tarah Finlay, from Bramley, said at the time: “The men that where on shift when the baby was found are obviously devastated, and are heart broken. So I hope this bear has given them some comfort too. 

“This memory bear will be with the baby when they are laid to rest. Baby will have something to cuddle, so they aren’t alone.”