The couple had been seen utilizing a money machine outdoors the Mulberrys comfort retailer on Hollingbury Place on Monday. It was not clear whether or not the money withdrawal was the primary time Ms Marten and Mr Gordon had used their financial institution card or activated a police alert that the checking account had been accessed.
The store is a brief stroll from the place they had been arrested at round 9.30pm after a member of the general public who recognised them from media protection alerted police.
Nevertheless, employees at each the meals financial institution and store the place the pair purchased provides mentioned nothing was bought for a child.
They’d obtained milk, pasta and rice from volunteers on the Brighton Meals Financial institution within the Calvary Church Constructing final Wednesday, earlier than apparently returning to their makeshift shelter on the sting of the South Downs.
They didn’t choose up something clearly supposed for a child corresponding to nappies or powdered milk, which had been obtainable on the meals financial institution.
A meals financial institution employee mentioned: “They got tinned meals, bread, pasta, milk and rice. They weren’t registered with us, which is how we often function. The child was not with them. We’ve got provides right here, however they didn’t ask for something for a child. They got here asking for assist for themselves.”
The meals financial institution employee, who solely recognised the couple from pictures after they had been arrested, added: “She did the speaking. She requested for assist. She was carrying plenty of layers and, trying again, she appeared like she’d been outdoors for some time.
“She did the speaking. We didn’t take any particulars, we simply gave them meals as a result of we thought they wanted assist.”
They purchased “crisps, smooth drinks and different provisions” on the store, a member of employees mentioned. Their purchases didn’t seem to incorporate something for a child.
On Tuesday, police mentioned that whereas they held out hope that they may discover the toddler alive, they concern it “might have come to some hurt”.