Human skull discovered near river is approximately a thousand years old

The partial skull has discovered by the River Avon in May Credit: Warwickshire Police

Experts say that a human skull, discovered by the River Avon in Barford, Warwickshire, is around a thousand years old.

Radiocarbon dating has now taken place on the remains, which were discovered in May, and specialists test have confirmed that it dates back to the Medieval period between 960-1150 AD.

Police search the area around the river in Barford following the discovery of human bones Credit: Warwickshire Police

Following its discovery there was speculation the skull might be linked to a number of investigations - including the disappearance of missing Coventry mum Nicola Payne. Police say her family has been notified that this is not the case.

The skull will now be used for forensic training purposes.