Nottingham police cordon due to bone discovery, say locals near Top Valley scene

The large police presence and cordon in a Nottingham neighbourhood is due to the discovery of a "bloody, foul-smelling bone".

Workers and residents close to the footpath between Top Valley Way and Bestwood Park Drive West, which has been blocked off by police tape since around 7pm on Friday, May 31, have told Nottinghamshire Live the path is closed due to the discovery of a bone.

Forensics combed the area last night after it was found, according to one woman who said police had told neighbours they were unsure of whether it belonged to an animal or a human.

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She was told officers would have to send a photo to an expert in order to determine its origins.“The investigation started last night. People in white suits turned up and we were told it was over a piece of remains being found,” the woman, who wanted to stay anonymous, said.

She said the cordon had been expanded after a while and that officers adopted a more serious tone with locals by around 10pm.

A bystander, who works nearby, said three police cars had rushed past to go to the path at around 7pm. He said he had been told that a “20-30cm” bone, which was covered in blood and smelt foul, had been discovered. He said he had been shown a picture of it. “They [police] were there for ages”, he added. There is currently a large cordon in place as of 9.45am today (Saturday, June 1).

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed the bone discovery. Chief Inspector Lisa Murray 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. 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.”