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Police are continuing their search for a missing aristocrat and her rapist boyfriend as fears mount over their newborn baby.

Constance Marten, 35, and Mark Gordon, 48, went missing with their baby on January 5, but it is believed that they have been camping out in the Sussex countryside.

It is now a month since the two disappeared with their baby after a car they were travelling in was found on fire on the hard-shoulder of the M61. 

Officers are increasingly concerned about the newborn, pleading with Gordon and Marten to let them know they are safe.

Police said 'finding the baby remains our top priority' as they are 'increasingly concerned' for its wellbeing. 

Constance Marten (right), 35, and Mark Gordon (left), 48, went missing with their baby on January 5

Constance Marten (right), 35, and Mark Gordon (left), 48, went missing with their baby on January 5

Officers are increasingly concerned about the newborn, pleading with Gordon and Marten, 35, and Mark Gordon to let them know they are safe

Officers are increasingly concerned about the newborn, pleading with Gordon and Marten, 35, and Mark Gordon to let them know they are safe

Addressing Marten and Gordon directly, Det Supt Basford said: 'Constance and Mark, your baby has spent the first month of its short life exposed to the elements when it should be safe and warm and, most importantly, seen by medics.

'After a month you must be running low on cash. Please pick up the phone and let us know, at the very least, that you are okay. We are ready to come to you and see that you and the baby get medical attention.'

Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford added to the authorities' concern over the child: 'For a month now Mark, Constance and her new-born have been continually on the move in sub-zero temperatures with no medical attention and we are increasingly concerned for their wellbeing.

'We know that the baby was still alive on 8 January and finding the baby remains our top priority. Maybe you have information but were reluctant to come forward 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 this highly vulnerable infant.

Officers are also reiterating appeals for information from the public with a cashe reward amid increased concern over their wellbeing.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford of the Met's East Area Command said: 'Previous appeals have resulted in around 300 calls from members of the public, but sadly they have not led to the couple and their baby being found.

'While we are very grateful to everyone who has already called, we still need to hear from anyone who has seen the couple since Sunday, 8 January and we are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for any information that leads to the family being found.

'I am appealing in particular to people who may have spent time in the countryside near Newhaven and elsewhere in Sussex to think carefully as to whether they may have seen Constance and Mark over the past four weeks. Given the time that's passed they may have travelled on, so I also need to hear from anyone who may have

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