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Skull found in Darlington garden is 'ancient', say police

Police have made a statement. Credit: PA Images

A human skull found in the garden of a property in Darlington is believed to be ancient.

On Monday (May 14), officers from Durham Constabulary were called to a property in Springwell Terrace after workmen working on an extension discovered what they believed to be a human skull.

Police have confirmed the skull to be that of a human, and that the remains are believed to be ancient. As a result, they are not linking the discovery to any live investigations

Further bones have also been recovered from the site.

Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, from Durham Constabulary, said: “

There is indication of a full skeleton at the site and all accessible bones have been recovered.

DNA testing and carbon dating is being carried out on the remains and may take some time.

However, it is likely to be the body of a man and early indications suggest that it is not suspicious.

We believe the skeleton to be ancient. Therefore, at this time, based on the information available to us, police are not linking it to any live investigations.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, Durham Constabulary

A cordon put up around the home has been taken down.