Shropshire

Carbon dating on 'skull' found in Sweeney Mountain woods

Woods at Sweeney Mountain near Oswestry.
Image caption Forensic officers will examine the remains

Carbon dating will be carried out on what is thought to be part of a human skull found in woodland in Shropshire.

The remains, believed to be of a man, were found by an organised shooting party at Sweeney Mountain near Oswestry on Saturday, police said.

"It's possibly many years old but until tests have been carried out we cannot be sure," a spokesman said.

Officers are continuing to search the location although no other bones have been discovered.

'Skeletal remains'

Det Insp Mark Bellamy, from West Mercia Police, said it would be several weeks before the results of the tests were known.

He said: "It appears to be part of a human skull, believed to be that of an adult male.

"It's possibly many years old but until tests have been carried out we cannot be sure.

"A pathologist will also examine the remains and an anthropologist is also assisting.

"We will be carrying out further searches of the area to establish if there are any other skeletal remains."

The Shropshire coroner, John Ellery, has been informed.

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