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Police launch probe after human bones found at site of former care home

Police launch probe after human bones found at site of former care home

Human bones found during demolition of former care home could ‘date back to 1800s when hunting lodge was on site’ in historic town of Melton MowbrayFormer home for the elderly is being demolished to make way for new housingDiggers were working at the site yesterday when bones were found at the sitePolice confirm the remains are human and have launched an investigation By Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent For Mailonline Published: 06:21 EDT, 18 October 2019 | Updated: 11:30 EDT, 18 October 2019 Police are investigating after human bones were found at the site of a former care home which is being demolished in Melton Mowbray.The bones were found at the site of Catherine Dalley House, which was once a home for elderly but is now being torn down to make way for retirement bungalows.Work was called to a halt yesterday afternoon and police forensics experts moved in following the grim discovery. Neighbours say there used to be a hunting lodge on the site and the bones could be from before the home was built  Police are scouring the site of a former care home after human bones were found on the siteThe bones were found at the Catherine Dalley House site, a care home which is now closed Police forensic experts have confirmed today that the bones were humanNeighbour Hilary Lawrence, 65, a former history teacher, who lives opposite the site, said: ‘We haven’t got a clue who it is. Where the tent is was the car park from the old people’s home.’I would imagine [the bones] pre-date the home. I’m thinking they are going to be old bones and not from the inmates.’Keith Hallam, 82, a retired building contractor, said: ‘I’ve no idea whose they are. I lived here since 1971 before the home was built in 1973 and they’ve never found anything.’I found bones when I was digging the foundations for TTS Shipping down the road. That must’ve been in the 70s.’They were just under the surface. They were small people’s bones but, they didn’t know whose. I don’t know if this is associated. The bones could be from the 1800s. Catherine Dalley was a hunting lodge then.’Gareth Jones, 78, retired, said: ‘I’ve never heard anything about the nursing home. The bones could be more than 100 years old.’There’s never been any murders, disappearances or unsolved crimes and I’ve lived here 50 years. There used to be two police houses over the road. It wouldn’t have been a good place to dump a body.’ A police tent is now visible at the site, locals think diggers may have disturbed the remains Workmen have been operating at the site as the building once on the site is torn down Aerial shots show the police forensics tent right in the centre of the site where the home stoodThis morning, Leicestershire Police confirmed that tests had confirmed the bones were human. A spokesman for the force said: ‘Officers received a report at around 3.30pm yesterday after human bones had been found at a site off Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray.’Officers attended the area. A scene preservation is in place and enquiries, which are in the early stages, are ongoing.’Locals believe diggers working to demolish the existing building uncovered the human remains during their work at the site, which is now run by retirement housebuilder McCarthy and Stone. This is the former care home which used to be on the site. It was closed in 2016 Developers plan to build 50 retirement bungalows on the site. The project is currently haltedA photographer for local news website LeicestershireLive said: ‘The previous building has been demolished and McCarthy and Stone seem to be building new retirement homes on the site.’The little white forensics tent is bang in the middle of the building site, surrounded by diggers. It looks like they might have come across something while working on the site.’A multi-million pound project is under way to build 50 retirement bungalows and apartments.The 31-bed care home, which was run by Leicestershure County Council, was closed in 2016 after it revealed it would cost £315,000 to upgrade.The site was vacant for two years before planning permission was granted and builders began demolishing the buildings.
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