Newborn baby girl found dead in pub toilet in Leeds

The Three Horseshoes pub in Leeds
The Three Horseshoes pub in Leeds
Jack Walters

By Jack Walters

Published: 29/01/2024

- 09:33

Updated: 29/01/2024

- 10:46

West Yorkshire Police have appealed for the mother to step forward and receive medical help

A newborn baby girl has been found dead in a pub toilet in Leeds.

Emergency services attended the Three Horseshoes pub in Oulton following the discovery at around 4.45pm yesterday.

The newborn was confirmed as deceased by attending paramedics.

West Yorkshire Police have now launched an appeal for the mother to come forward.

The force's investigation remain ongoing but detectives have stressed their prioritiy is to ensure the mother's welfare.

DCI James Entwistle said: “This is a tragic incident and we are urgently appealing for the mother of the baby girl to contact us or seek medical help as she has been through an extremely traumatic ordeal and could well need treatment herself.

“If the mother is comfortable speaking to the police then she can do so by calling 101 or she can use LiveChat online to talk to us remotely at

“If she doesn’t want to speak to the police, she can contact the Leeds Maternity Assessment Unit on 0113 3926731.

“Our enquiries into the incident remain ongoing today with NHS partners but our main priority remains the mother’s welfare and safety.”


The Three Horseshoes yesterday confirmed an incident had taken place at the popular pub.

In a social media post, the pub said: "I've been writing post after post for the past hour but I don't think right now is the best time given the circumstances.....We're sure there's speculation of something that happened at our establishment this evening.

"All I can say at the minute is I'm sorry to everyone that was in with us during the time this happened and to all that was due to come in and couldn't.

"A massive thank you to those that helped us whilst we were struggling as a team it really doesn't go unappreciated. Lots of love Team Three Horse Shoes."

The Three Horseshoes was said to have been busy with customers for its carvery Sunday lunch at the time.

A number of social media responded to the pub's post.

One user said: "You were absolutely amazing and everyone understands that you will need time to process and be with your friends and family to offload what was a nightmare of a situation.

"Keep those doors closed until you arw ready to go again and look after yourselves."

Another wrote: "You really don't need to apologise at all.

"The staff all did amazing to somehow manage the toughest situation they could face without causing alarm and panic amongst the customers which isn't an easy feat given the situation."

A third added: "Been thinking of you all and hearing the feedback of how incredibly amazing the staff were last night."

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