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    A £10,000 reward has been offered for information on the whereabouts of a missing mum and baby with royal links.

    Constance Marten, 35, and her convicted rapist boyfriend Mark Gordon, 48, were last seen buying camping gear in London's East End on January 7.

    Latest reports suggest the couple have taken their child 90 miles away in Newhaven, East Sussex, deciding to ditch their pushchair near Brick Lane in Whitechapel, the previous night.

    READ MORE: Missing mum-of-two was on work conference call during dog walk when she vanished

    An investigation was launched out of particular concern for the baby's safety in the absence of medical care and attention since the family was reported missing on January 5.

    A car engulfed in flames on the hard-shoulder of the M61, near junction four in Bolton, Greater Manchester, at 6:30pm at the beginning of the month is believed by police to be connected to the couple, whose belongings were destroyed in the blaze.

    There have been occasional sightings since, with the pair concealing their faces to avoid CCTV cameras.

    Today (Tuesday) detectives said the couple were then seen the next day on the South Coast just before 5am when they were dropped off by a taxi in the seaside town of Newhaven, not far from the port entrance.

    They were seen carrying bags containing a blue two-man tent, sleeping bags and pillows that they bought from an Argos the evening before in east London – meaning they could still be camping somewhere in the UK, police said.

    But investigators believe they no longer have the pushchair that they were seen with after it was dumped in Whitechapel at around 11:46pm on January 7.

    Police said they are worried about the health of the newborn as it has had no medical care since birth and is potentially being exposed to freezing temperatures.

    Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford, who is leading the investigation, said: "We continue to be extremely concerned about the health and wellbeing of the newborn baby, which has had no medical care and has been on the move, and possibly exposed to sub-zero temperatures, for almost a month now.

    "We’re also concerned for the welfare of Constance and Mark, because our enquiries suggest that they were constantly moving and awake for at least a few days – which must be especially draining on someone who had recently given birth with no medical attention.

    “Finding the baby is our top priority and we are now offering a £10,000 reward to anyone who provides information which leads to them being found.

    "Maybe you have been reluctant to come forward before, for whatever reason, with key information to help us find the family.

    "It does not matter why you did not speak to us earlier, what matters is doing the right thing now for the good of a vulnerable newborn baby."

    Det Supt Basford has urged the public to keep an eye out for the trio.

    "We know they were still in possession of camping equipment on Sunday, January 8 and so I’d encourage people to remain vigilant and keep a look out for a blue tent.

    "Please keep your eyes peeled, especially while you are out and about in waste ground or beauty spots, or while you’re walking the dog, and report any information to us.”

    Anyone with information on the family’s whereabouts can call the incident room on 020 7175 0785 or report anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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