Mystery as ‘blood-soaked baby’s hat’ found by horrified walker at beauty spot

Police in Scotland have launched an investigation after a horrified walker discovered a blood-soaked baby hat – sparking fears of something "sinister".

The bloody piece of clothing was found in a carrier bag close to a beauty spot in Edinburgh.

Police scrambled to woodland Corstorphine Hill after the grim find and are now carrying out DNA tests, the Daily Record reports.

Also found with the gruesome hat was a receipt from a shop in Glasgow and a note reportedly penned in Polish.

Dozens of police were sent to the woods to search for the tot following fears that the blood pointed to something serious.

Specialist dogs were also sent as part of the desperate search.

A source told the Record: "There was a substantial amount of blood. Enough to cause concern.

"DNA tests will be carried out while searches are ongoing in case there is more to be discovered.

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"The hat was woollen and had been knitted. The carrier bag was saturated.

"People feared we were going to find something very sinister up there. It’s not a tourist area, it’s used by locals mostly."

Police probing the mysterious find were still at the scene on Wednesday, with the woods partially cordoned off by specialist officers.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "Police resources are in the Corstorphine Hill area following the discovery of what appears to be a blood-stained item.

"Examination of the item will be carried out to confirm what it is and officers are carrying out a search of the area."

They added: "The clothing has been sent to the lab and is undergoing further analysis and enquiries are ongoing."

Police were first called at 9.35am on Tuesday, October 20.

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