Footpath sealed off by police after 'bloody, foul-smelling' bone discovered

A police cordon is in place
-Credit: (Image: NottinghamshireLive)

A footpath has been sealed off by police after a bone was discovered. The remains were 'bloody' and 'foul smelling,' according to one local.

The area between Top Valley Way and Bestwood Park Drive West in Nottinghamshire has been blocked off since around 7pm on Friday, May 31. Forensic teams have been working in the area following the discovery.

It has not yet been determined if the bone is human or animal, police have said. A local resident told NottinghamshireLive: "The investigation started last night. People in white suits turned up and we were told it was over a piece of remains being found."

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The woman added that the cordon had been expanded after a while and that officers adopted a more serious tone with locals by around 10pm. One person who works near to the scene witnessed three police cars had rushing past to go to the path at around 7pm last night.

He was told that a '20-30cm' bone, which was 'covered in blood and smelt foul', had been found. The man claims to have been shown a picture of the bone.

He said: "They [police] were there for ages." Chief Inspector Lisa Murray, of Nottinghamshire Police, confirmed that a bone had been discovered.

She said: "Of course, people will see that there is a large scene in place and this always causes concern. However, we do not know whether this is an incident to be concerned about or not.

"We have found a bone but do not know whether it is human or not and those tests will be ongoing today. As soon as we know more, we will let our communities know."

She added: "In the meantime, if anybody has any information that they think might be relevant to this incident then please call 101, quoting incident number 636 of 31 May 2024, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."