The Case of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon: The Public Urged to Look for Missing Child in Gardens and Sheds | UK news

Police searching for the missing baby have urged people to look for items that have been lying in gardens, outbuildings and sheds since January – as the newborn’s parents are still being held in custody.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford has urged the public to report suspicious behavior and items as an urgent search is underway for aristocrat Constance Marten and her partner Mark Gordon’s baby.

He said officers had to consider whether the child had suffered “serious harm”, calling it a “very complex investigation” and an “extremely painstaking search operation”.

Mr Basford said Marten and Gordon remained in police custody – and an application had been made to the court to extend their detention for a further 36 hours.

“We are using all available resources to find the baby,” he said.

Mr. Basford urged the public to remain vigilant and continue to provide information to the investigation team.

Officers working on the trail of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon and their newborn baby determined that they had gone to Argos on Whitechapel Road, E1, at 6.19pm on Saturday 7 January to buy camping equipment.
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Mark Gordon and Constance Marten

The couple was arrested in Brighton on Monday on charges of child neglect after a member of the public spotted them withdrawing cash from a shop on Hollingbury Place around 9.30pm.

They were arrested again on Tuesday on charges of gross manslaughter.

Since then, more than 200 police officers have searched for the child, and the search has focused on an area that includes allotments and woods in the city.

Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford said officers had not received any information on the child’s welfare or location since the couple’s arrest.

Marten, 35, and Gordon, 48, went missing on January 5 after their car caught fire on the M61 near Bolton.

London Search and Rescue (LONSAR) police officers and officers at the local Wild Park nature reserve, near Moulsecoomb, Brighton, where an urgent search operation is underway to search for missing baby Constance Marten and Mark Gordon.  The couple were arrested on suspicion of grossly negligent manslaughter on Tuesday after being detained in Brighton on Monday after evading police for several weeks, but the child was not with them.  Photo date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
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Police officers and London Search and Rescue (LONSAR) officers at the local Wild Park nature reserve
A police officer in the woods at the local Wild Park nature reserve, near Moulsecoomb, Brighton, where an urgent search is underway for Constance Marten and Mark Gordon's missing child.  The couple were arrested on suspicion of grossly negligent manslaughter on Tuesday after being detained in Brighton on Monday after evading police for several weeks, but the child was not with them.  Photo date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Marten is believed to have given birth only a few days earlier and was not assessed by doctors.

In the following days, they were seen in many places, including Liverpool, Essex, South London and East Sussex.

Authorities previously believed the couple slept outdoors in a blue tent and avoided being tracked by police by making payments only in cash, hiding their faces on closed-circuit television, and moving frequently at night or in the early hours of the morning.

CCTV footage just before their arrest also shows Gordon serving 20 years in a US prison for rape and battery, limping and using a large walking stick.

The shed was broken into during a police search

Teams of specialists combed the park about a mile from where the aristocrat and her partner in Brighton were arrested, with officers focusing on a plot of land and woods in the city.

Helicopter, sniffer dogs, thermal imaging cameras and drones joined the search this week, which extended to the area towards Newhaven.

Police search teams at Roedale Valley Allotments in West Sussex, where an urgent search is underway for missing baby Constance Marten, who has not had any medical care since birth in early January.  Ms Marten and her partner Mark Gordon are in police custody after being arrested in Brighton.  The couple had been traveling in a taxi across the UK since their car was found burning on the M61 in Bolton, Greater Manchester, on January 5.  Photo date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
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During the search, the sheds were broken into
A pair of pink baby earmuffs have been found at Roedale Valley Allotments in Brighton, where an emergency search operation is underway for missing baby Constance Marten, who has not had any medical care since birth in early January
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A pair of pink baby earmuffs were found at Roedale Valley Allotments in Brighton

Officers have searched every shed in Roedale Valley Allotments and will remain in place for some time, users have been informed.

Detectives broke into outbuildings, reported an entry on the Facebook page of the allotment association.

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Metropolitan Police officers and London Search and Rescue (LONSAR) officers in the woods at the local Wild Park nature reserve, near Moulsecoomb, Brighton, where an urgent search operation is underway to find Constance Marten and Mark Gordon's missing child.  The couple were arrested on suspicion of grossly negligent manslaughter on Tuesday after being detained in Brighton on Monday after evading police for several weeks, but the child was not with them.  Photo date: Wednesday, March 1, 202
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An urgent search operation is underway to find Constance Marten’s missing child
Constance Marten Police officers and London Search and Rescue (LONSAR) officers in the woods at the local Wild Park nature reserve, near Moulsecoomb, Brighton, where an urgent search is underway for missing child Constance Marten and Mark Gordon.  The couple were arrested on suspicion of grossly negligent manslaughter on Tuesday after being detained in Brighton on Monday after evading police for several weeks, but the child was not with them.  Photo date: Wednesday, March 1,

Groups of Metropolitan Police and London Search and Rescue officers searched under the bushes and around the trees for Marten’s baby, carrying out a sweep of Moulsecoomb Wild Park.

Some of the officers were dressed in police uniforms, others in red coats, black clothes or orange reflectors, using sticks to pick their way through the brush.

By noon, the team members had been on shift for 14 hours and walked 13 km in search of the baby.

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