Police investigate discovery of human bones on Melton building site

Police have set up a forensic tent on a building site at the former Catherine Dalley House nursing home in Melton'PHOTO TIM WILLIAMS EMN-191018-104739001
Police have set up a forensic tent on a building site at the former Catherine Dalley House nursing home in Melton'PHOTO TIM WILLIAMS EMN-191018-104739001
0
Have your say

Police have launched an investigation after human bones were discovered on a building site in Melton.

Officers have set up a forensic examination tent at the old Catherine Dalley House residential home, off Scalford Road, which is being demolished to make way for more than 50 retirement living apartments and bungalows.

Police have set up a forensic tent on a building site at the former Catherine Dalley House nursing home in Melton'PHOTO TIM WILLIAMS EMN-191018-104727001

Police have set up a forensic tent on a building site at the former Catherine Dalley House nursing home in Melton'PHOTO TIM WILLIAMS EMN-191018-104727001

Leicestershire Police say officers attended the scene after receiving a report at around 3.30pm on Thursday reporting human remains had been found in the ground following work being carried out to demolish some buildings there.

Building work has been halted since the discovery and police say a scene preservation remains in place while enquiries continue.

Det Insp Tim Lindley said: “A small quantity of human remains have been found at this stage which have been confirmed as being human bones.

“Work is now being carried out to determine the length of time they have been in the ground.

Police have set up a forensic tent on a building site at the former Catherine Dalley House nursing home in Melton'PHOTO TIM WILLIAMS EMN-191018-104750001

Police have set up a forensic tent on a building site at the former Catherine Dalley House nursing home in Melton'PHOTO TIM WILLIAMS EMN-191018-104750001

“Enquiries are in the very early stages and it will be a lengthy process to establish the full circumstances of this finding.

“At this stage, the findings are not being linked to any other current ongoing investigation.”

We reported in July that the site, which has been vacant for two years, is being redeveloped by McCarthy and Stone after planning permission was approved by Melton Borough Council. The work was due to take between a year and 18 months.

A spokesman for McCarthy and Stone released a statement to the Melton Times this afternoon (Monday) which states: “We can confirm that construction is expected to resume on part of our Scalford Road site on Thursday (October 24).

“We will continue to co-operate with Leicestershire Police while their investigation is ongoing, and we will continue to await further instructions from the police with regards to when we can resume work across all of the site.”