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Specialist teams have been carrying out a "systematic excavation" of a garden in Islington after a tip-off suggesting that human remains were buried in the area. However police were unable to say how long it could go on for, with the search being reviewed on a daily basis.
Islington borough commander Gerry Campbell said: "Detectives in Islington have carried out a thorough investigation in order to corroborate the allegations made.
"I have made the decision that it is appropriate to excavate the garden. Until the conclusion of the search it would be inappropriate of me to comment further", he added.
Police have begun excavating a back garden in north London after being tipped off about buried human remains dating back 30 years, Scotland Yard have said.
Detectives received the information in July last year and have spent 12 months attempting to corroborate the tip-off, even making inquiries outside the UK, before deciding to excavate the garden, in Searle Place, Islington.
The force said the allegations do not relate to the current homeowners or any other ongoing investigation.