No further discoveries in search of Bath park after human feet found

Weston Park, Bath
Image caption Police searched in Weston Park East

A search of the park area where three severed human feet were found this year has concluded with no new discoveries, police have said.

Officers searched Weston Park East in Bath, where the first foot was found by dog walkers in February.

A second foot was found in a garden of a property in Weston Park in July, and another was found in a garden in nearby Cranwells Park two weeks ago.

Police said the feet were all likely to have been medical exhibits.

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Media captionWhy do severed human feet keep turning up in Bath?

Det Insp Paul Catton, of Avon and Somerset Police, said he "strongly believed" the finds had originated from "an old private collection".

"There's no evidence so far to suggest a crime has been committed but I would like to close this investigation knowing that is the case, and I would appeal to anyone who has any evidence about the source of these remains to get in touch," he said.

"We're doing what we can to protect the public from making any more of these unpleasant discoveries."

Police believe the feet were unearthed by animals, or that animals disturbed the location where they were stored.

Image caption Detectives originally searched the area when the first foot was found in February

Tests on the first foot showed it was human but found very little DNA and preliminary results from on the second foot were similar.

The third foot, found on 5 August, is still undergoing tests.

Det Insp Catton said: "Regulations are significantly stricter these days compared to several decades ago and we believe the source is most probably someone who used the feet as a teaching aid.

"It is also possible these feet may have been found by someone who has then innocently buried them in an attempt to dispose of them."

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