Police have confirmed that the remains of a baby have been found by search teams that have been searching for a baby following the arrest of two people earlier this week.

Constance Marten and Mark Gordon were arrested after they were located in Brighton.

The pair were arrested in Stanmer Villas at around 21:30hrs on Monday, 27 February, after a member of the public saw them in a shop in Hollingbury Place.

They were initially arrested on suspicion of child neglect. They were later further arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter. They remain in custody at a police station in Sussex.

Statement from Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford:

“Further to the update given earlier today, there has been a significant development.

“It is my very sad duty to update that this afternoon, police officers searching a wooded area close to where Constance Marten and Mark Gordon were arrested, discovered the remains of a baby.

“A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

“A crime scene is in place and work at the location is expected to continue for some time.

“This is an outcome that myself and the many officers who have been part of the search, had hoped would not happen.

“I recognise the impact this news will have on the many people who have been following this story closely, and can assure them that we will do everything we possibly can to establish what has happened.”

Constance Martin and Mark Gordon remain in custody after an application for the extension of their detention for a further 36 hours was sought from Brighton Magistrates’ Court.