A vulnerable woman who left a hospital without her newborn baby is the subject of a police search.
Anna Chudy, 35, left Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, north-west London, with a man on Friday morning, having given birth to a baby son by caesarean section just before 4am on Thursday.
The Metropolitan Police described her as vulnerable but did elaborate. Detectives said they only wanted to ensure she was safe and reunite her with her child rather than pursue any criminal action.
The force released this image of Ms Chudy, describing her as "white, possibly Eastern European with pale skin of medium build, 5ft 4ins in height with bleached blonde fine hair in a pony tail".
The man, who left the hospital separately to Ms Chudy, was wearing a black leather jacket with patches on the elbows and dark trousers.
He had short dark brown hair and was described as "tall with an athletic build".
Detective Sergeant Adrian Smith from Brent CID said: "This is a vulnerable woman who needs to be located as soon as possible so she can be reunited with her baby boy.
"We are not looking to trace her with the intention of pursuing any criminal matters against her, our only concern is her safe return. It is of paramount importance that anyone who has any information about her whereabouts contacts us immediately."
Anyone with information on Anna's whereabouts should contact Brent CID on 07584 779085 or the police non emergency number 101 or call the charity Missing Persons on 116 000.