Workmen discover human remains in city centre

Work stopped on the pedestrianisation of Church Street in Preston, when road workers dug up human remains
Work stopped on the pedestrianisation of Church Street in Preston, when road workers dug up human remains
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Workmen made a grisly discovery this morning when they unearthed human bones in Church Street, Preston.

Lancashire County Council’s highways team were excavating the road outside Preston Minster when they stumbled upon human remains and alerted the police at 9.20am.

Work stopped on the pedestrianisation of Church Street in Preston, when road workers dug up human remains

Work stopped on the pedestrianisation of Church Street in Preston, when road workers dug up human remains

Police officers are still at the scene of the gruesome discovery and Inspector Paul McLernon speculated that the remains may be a hundred years old - although the police can not confirm how old the bones are until they have been tested.

A spokesman for the police said they are not treating the find as suspicious and that the bones will be sent to anthropologist for analysis.

A police spokesman said: “We were called at around 9.20am this morning by Lancashire County Council after their Highways team who are reconstructing a taxi rank on Church Street, Preston came across a number of human bones.

“Officers and specialist teams have attended the scene and whilst the remains are still to be formally assessed, the discovery is not thought to be suspicious.

Work stopped on the pedestrianisation of Church Street in Preston, when road workers dug up human remains

Work stopped on the pedestrianisation of Church Street in Preston, when road workers dug up human remains

“The coroner has been informed.”