Fresh appeal for missing couple ‘camping out’ in Sussex forest with newborn baby

Police say they’re growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing aristocrat Constance Marten, her newborn baby and her convicted sex offender partner.

The couple and their baby were last seen in the port of Newhaven, East Sussex, on 9 January, but they believe the family are still in the UK.

They are believed to have been sleeping rough after buying camping equipment from a branch of Argos in east London on 7 January.

Ms Marten, 35, is from a wealthy family with connections to the royals. She grew up on the 5000 acre Crichel Estate near Wimborne.

She and her partner Mark Gordon, 48, have lived an isolated life since they met in 2016.

According to a criminal record seen by ITV News, Mr Gordon was convicted of kidnapping and sexual battery while in Florida.

The 48-year-old was eventually deported from the US.

It is a month since the car the couple were travelling in was found on fire on the hard-shoulder of the M61.

They were subsequently spotted in Essex before being tracked to East Sussex a month ago.

They were dropped off in a taxi at 04:56 on Sunday, 8 January just outside the entrance to the port. They then walked to where the A259 crosses over the B2109. They were seen sheltering from the rain, under the overpass, at about 06:00hrs.

At around 06:15hrs on Sunday, 8 January, they walked along Cantercrow Hill into the fields beyond.

One of the last known images of the missing couple. The baby is believed to be under Constance’s coat

They were carrying a number of bags and their blue tent, and officers believe they have been camping in the area subsequently, although given the time that’s passed they could have moved on some considerable distance.

However, they were no longer in possession of the pushchair that they were previously seen with after they dumped it in Flower and Dean Walk on Saturday, 7 January.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford of the Metropolitan Police said: “Previous appeals have resulted in around 300 calls from members of the…


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