Police confirm bones found on Sunderland beach 'are human'

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Police at Seaburn beach on Good Friday. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police have confirmed bones found on the Sunderland coast are human.

Specialist officers attended the beach near Queen's Parade, at Seaburn, following a report just before 1.30pm on Good Friday.

It is one of a number of reports of suspected remains found in recent weeks, including suspected human remains being found on Marine Walk, near to Roker Beach, on 13 February.

Northumbria Police have now confirmed some of the bones or suspected body parts found on the coast are human.

A spokesperson for the force said: "We have received reports of bones or suspected body parts being found at Seaburn and Roker beaches in Sunderland over recent weeks.

"We have now confirmed that some of these are human and we are currently treating the discoveries as unexplained."

The police spokesperson continued: "Enquiries remain ongoing and we anticipate it will take some time before we are able to provide any further updates.

"Anyone with concerns or information can report these to police using the 'Report' page of our website.”

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