Southport baby adandonment
A newborn baby girl was abandoned at Silcock's Amusement ArcadeGoogle Maps/Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police are trying to trace the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a disabled toilet at Silcock's Amusement Arcade in Southport.

Emergency services were called at about 6.50pm last night (Thursday, 16 April) to Silcock's Amusement Arcade on Nevill Street, Southport, after staff found the baby in the disabled toilet block.

Baby April
Merseyside Police has released photos of baby April who was found abandoned in Southport last nightMP

Police officers took the girl, who has been named April, to Ormskirk Hospital where she is being cared for by staff who have named her April. She is safe and well.

Officers are now trying to trace April's mother who is believed to have given birth unsupervised and may need medical help.

Detective Inspector Mike Dalton, said: "Our primary concern is for the health of the girl's mother. She is not in any trouble.

"I would urge April's mother to urgently come forward or at least seek treatment, as she could suffer medical complications which are potentially very dangerous.

"Please contact Ormskirk Hospital as soon as possible. If you are outside the area please get in touch with a medical professional. In an emergency always call 999.

"You are not in trouble. We need to get you back together with your daughter," he added.

Southport baby adandonment
Merseyside Police want to trace this womanMP

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the arcade around this time that in hindsight seems suspicious or anyone that is be able to help us locate the mother is asked to contact officers on 0151 777 3835 or by calling 999.

A 24-hour phone line has been set up by the hospital, in order for the mother to make contact. That number is 01704 547 471.