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Severed head found in Cambridgeshire quarry

Published 17/05/2016

Officers are trying to establish how long the remains were in the quarry
Officers are trying to establish how long the remains were in the quarry

A severed head has been found in a quarry in Cambridgeshire.

A worker at the site in Mepal, near Ely, made the discovery on Monday afternoon and investigators say they believe the remains came from a construction site nearly 40 miles away in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.

Police are trying to establish how long the head, which they said was not a skull, had been there, and cannot yet say whether the victim was male or female.

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police said: "We were called at about 3pm yesterday afternoon with reports of the discovery of a human head at a quarry in Mepal.

"Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are conducting inquiries, both locally and across the county borders."

A spokesman for Mick George Ltd, the company that runs the quarry, confirmed that staff were helping police.

He said : "We are working closely with the police and providing them with all the information they need to undertake their investigations. At this point we cannot provide any further comments."

A construction site is being searched in Mill Road, Sharnbrook.

Detective Inspector Jerry Waite, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "We are conducting inquiries both locally and across the county borders, and would urge anyone with information about the finding to contact us.

"At this stage we do not know if the head is male or female, however we have got officers carrying out searches at a site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, as we believe this is where the remains may have come from."

The Mepal site where the head was found is used for landfill and recycling, as well as the supply of aggregates such as limestone and gravel, and mixing concrete.

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