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Human bones uncovered by builders in Bolton

Human remains have been uncovered by workers on a building site in Greater Manchester.

Contractors were working at St Paul's Court, a housing development in a converted church in Deansgate, Bolton, when they found the bones last month.

Great Places Housing Group, who owns the land, said workers were re-levelling the car park when the discovery was made below the ground.

It said the remains would be returned to the ground in a Christian service.

A spokesman said building work was stopped as soon as the remains were found and the police were called.

'Respectfully returned'

The remains were then taken to a funeral director and will be reburied in due course.

He said: "The car park dates back to before Great Places' acquisition.

"When Great Places bought the church, we understood that no part of the site had been used for burial.

"Since the discovery, we have been told that the remains probably date from before the church was built."

He added: "We are sorry that these remains have been inadvertently disturbed. Our records do not show this part of the grounds as having been used for burial.

"We are acting in accordance with the police and the diocese to respectfully return the remains to the ground."

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