Suspected human remains found under Stalybridge Aldi car park
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 @ 11:28 by Tom Greggan
News Stalybridge

Suspected human remains have been uncovered in Stalybridge, by engineers working on Aldi car park.

The gruesome discovery was made yesterday afternoon, with police called to the Leech Street site at around 2.10pm.

A picture on the Stalybridge Town Facebook page showed workers and Tameside Council officials inspecting the remains- thought to be a human skull and shoulder blade- with the site fenced off.

The car park is believed to be on the site of an old chapel, although witnesses from the site say the remains were buried face down.

A tent has been put up around the remains.

A GMP spokesperson said: “Shortly before 2:10pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017, police were called to reports that human remains had been uncovered by contractors carrying out work at a cark park on Leech Street, Stalybridge.

“Initial enquiries have suggested that the location is a former burial ground on the site of an old chapel. Further enquiries are ongoing to ascertain whether or not the remains are human and if they are from an ancient burial ground.”

For many Stalybridge residents, the discovery will have brought back memories of when excavation work for the canal through the town centre uncovered human remains on the plot of an old Methodist church.

A Tameside Council spokesman said: “It’s understood the police believe the remains are from an old burial ground which was exhumed in the late 1960s. Once they have concluded their inquiries, and the coroner is satisfied with the outcome, we will make sure any remains recovered will  receive a dignified reinterment at Dukinfield Cemetery.”

Top image: A photo on the Stalybridge Town Facebook page showed officials and workers inspecting the remains.