Human remains found in Skelmersdale wood by passer-by

Houghtons Road, Skelmersdale Image copyright Google
Image caption Police said the remains had been there for "quite some time"

Human remains have been discovered in a wooded area near a road in west Lancashire.

The remains were found by a passer-by near the A577 Houghtons Road in Skelmersdale at around 16:00 BST on Wednesday.

A Lancashire Constabulary spokeswoman said the remains appeared to have been there for "quite some time".

She said the identity of the person who died was unknown and officers were trying to establish what had happened.

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