Police return to Wigan home where baby's remains were discovered

Police return to the scene where a baby’s remains were discovered in Wigan
Police return to the scene today where a baby’s remains were discovered in Wigan -Credit:Manchester Evening News

Officers have returned to a Wigan house where the remains of a baby were found two weeks ago. Greater Manchester Police has reopened the crime scene, on Marsh Green, today (April 26).

It comes as further police enquiries need to be completed at the site, GMP says. Officers were initially called to the address on Wednesday, April 10.

GMP previously stated that it was initially called by a partner agency which had reported a concern for welfare. Tragically, police discovered the baby's remains two days later. The force insists the incident is still being treated as isolated

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A force spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News: "Since then, our investigation has seen many force resources come together to understand the circumstances of how these remains came to be here. We’d like to reassure people that reopening scenes are often standard procedure, particularly during complex investigations.

"Officers and forensic experts are simply there conducting further enquiries as our investigation continues." The baby's gender and cause of death are yet to be confirmed.

Police at the scene today
Police at the scene today -Credit:Manchester Evening News

Five people, aged between 20 and 70, were arrested on suspicion of concealing a death and unlawful burial. They all remain on police bail at this time.

Detective Chief Inspector John Davies, who is leading the investigation for GMP, said: "This continues to be an upsetting incident and unlike anything I have come across during my policing career so far. Officers and forensic experts are back today at Marsh Green and could be there for some time.

"This is to conduct further enquiries which will ultimately assist my investigation and I hope to get us closer to finding out the full circumstances. I want to be clear, as to dispel any speculation, we do not believe there are remains belonging to any other parties at this property.

Tributes at the scene this evening
Tributes at the scene this evening -Credit:Manchester Evening News

"It is being treated as an isolated incident. I understand that seeing officers back at this property may cause concern, and anyone who feels that way is welcome to speak to those at the scene.

"You will be listened to, and I hope reassured that this is just about us being as thorough as is possible. Me and my team are determined to get to the bottom of what has happened here, but as processes and enquiries are still ongoing, are continuing to keep an open mind.”

Anyone with any information which they believe could assist GMP's enquiries is asked to call 101, quoting log 1609 of April 10, 2024. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.