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UPDATE: Detectives continue to investigate human bone found in Stalybridge lake

Detectives are continuing to investigate after a human bone was found at Chadwick Dam Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances behind a human bone being discovered in a lake in Stalybridge.

Shortly after 5.30pm on Saturday police were called to reports that human remains had been found at Chadwick Dam on Mellor Road.

Officers attended and discovered a human bone in a dredged pond.

The bone, which is now believed to be a left femur, has been sent off for DNA testing and carbon dating.

Detective Inspective Dave Loughlin, from Greater Manchester Police’s Tameside borough, said:

We are doing everything we can to not only understand how this bone came to be here but also who it belonged to. “While we are waiting on the test results we will continue our enquiries but ultimately, a lot of the key information we need will be in those results which unfortunately do take time to come back. “We are aware of speculation about the bone, particularly discoloration. Until we have the test results we are not in any position to confirm what happened. Lots of circumstances could result in discoloration, including decomposition because of damp conditions. “We know this is a particularly popular spot with dog walkers and people fishing, so I would urge anyone who may have any information to call police.”

– Detective Inspective Dave Loughlin, Greater Manchester Police’s Tameside borough,
  • Information can be passed on to police by calling 101 quoting reference number 1575 of 24/02/18, of the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.