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Constance Marten and Mark Gordon charged with gross negligence manslaughter after baby's remains found in Brighton

A couple have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter after the remains of a baby were found in Brighton.

Constance Marten, 35, and Mark Gordon, 48, who had been missing since 5 January, were arrested in the city on Monday after being spotted by a member of the public in a shop.

Police later said on Wednesday that the remains of a baby had been found in a wooded part of the Hollingbury area.

Marten, who comes from an aristocratic family, and her boyfriend were charged with gross negligence manslaughter on Thursday evening, said the Metropolitan Police.

They were also charged with concealing the birth of a child and perverting the course of justice.

The pair will appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court today.

Police had been looking for Marten and Gordon for nearly two months, since their car caught fire on the motorway near Bolton.

Earlier on Thursday, police said they did not yet know the gender of the baby and that it had been dead for several weeks.

The baby has not yet been formally identified and a post-mortem is due to be carried out today to discover how it died.

People in Brighton have been leaving flowers, messages and cuddly toys on a road close to where the child was found.

The Bishop of Lewes also led a candlelight vigil at a nearby church on Thursday night.