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Bones found in street ‘appear to be human’

Police investigation after discovery in potato bag outside Barnsbury pub

07 April, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Bones ‘not ancient’. Picture: Baddogdown on Flickr

MYSTERY surrounds the discovery of a set of bones believed to be human outside a Barnsbury pub, which has sparked a police investigation.

The bones were found in a potato bag outside The Crown pub in Cloudesley Square just before 6pm on Sunday. The Met Police said they are “not believed to be ancient”.

IT professional Dan Gardner, 44, who lives opposite the pub, said: “I just found them coming from the pub. It certainly was a bit of excitement. I thought it was some kind of medical student prank or something or that the builders found them on the building site next door, although they stopped digging there ages ago.”

He added: “But if the builders didn’t want any grief, surely they would’ve just chucked them in the bin and wouldn’t leave them out there in the open. The amount of questions the building manager has had about it you wouldn’t believe.

“The coppers were even trying to get inside the crypt of the church, but I don’t think anyone was there.”

Forensic officers taped off the road and investigated the scene, before the bones were sent off to specialists “who advised that they appeared to be human”, the Met said.

Police in Islington are investigating. A Met spokeswoman said: “Inquiries by officers into where the bones came from and how they ended up in the street are ongoing, but at this early stage the bones are not believed to be ancient.

“It is also too early at this stage of inquiries to confirm if the discovery is suspicious or not.”

There have been no arrests.

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