Northern Ireland

PSNI say remains found at Village house are human

The suspected remains were found at a vacant house in Donegall Avenue
Image caption The suspected remains were found at a vacant house in Donegall Avenue

The PSNI have confirmed that human remains have been found at a vacant house in south Belfast.

It is understood they were found among rubbish during a house clearance in Donegall Avenue in the Village area.

A pathologist examined the remains on Tuesday afternoon. An investigation has been launched.

Work is expected to continue at the property throughout the evening and into Wednesday.

A full post mortem examination will be carried out, but this will not be conducted until Thursday at the earliest.

BBC NI reporter Kevin Sharkey at the scene said neighbours had noticed a pungent smell for some months and had contacted the authorities.

Contractors were then sent out to clear the house.