Authorities investigating the death of a newborn baby found in a canal in London are appealing for the mother to seek medical attention.

The body of the newborn was found on Sunday (May 9) after emergency services including London Ambulance Service (LAS) and the Met Police were called to a section of the Grand Union Canal near to Old Oak Lane in Ealing around 1.19pm.

They had received reports that the body of a newborn baby found had been found in the canal.

The baby was pronounced dead by first responders at the scene. Police cordons remain in place.

A day later, detectives with the Metropolitan Police who are investigating the case re-issued an earlier call they made that urged the mother of the baby to seek medical attention.

Detective Inspector Sarah O'Toole, said: "We are concerned for the wellbeing and safety of the baby's mother and are urging her to seek medical help by dialling 999 or by going to the nearest hospital.

"I'm also asking for the public to help us - the canal towpath is usually busy with walkers, runners and cyclists.

"Did you see anything in the last few days by the Grand Union canal near to Old Oak Lane or have you heard anything that might help us?

"If you have any information, please call 101 with reference Cad 3589/09May."