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Swindon police find old human remains during three-day dig in field next to the M4 motorway 

Swindon police find old human remains during three-day dig in field next to the M4 motorway and admit they are keeping ‘an open mind’ to connection to local cold cases

  • Human remains found in Meadow Lane housing estate near junction 15 of the M4
  • Swindon residents said at least five specialists and a police van were at scene
  • Officers warn forensic investigation and analysis could take weeks to complete

Police involved in a three-day operation say they have found what they believe to be old human remains in a field next to the M4, as they refuse to rule out any connection to local cold cases.  

Officers will spend the next few days closely searching the Meadow Lane housing estate in Swindon before more detailed forensic analysis is carried out.

A local resident said specialists had been digging and looking around the area for the last three days but did not tell her why. 

But it was revealed today that Swindon police have discovered what they believe to be old human remains. At present, there has been no further information regarding the age of the remnants. 

A spokesman for the force said that currently there is ‘no suggestion’ that this discovery is linked to local cold cases, but that the investigation remains ‘at an early stage’ and the force is keeping ‘an open mind’.

Police officers say they have found what they believe to be old human remains in a field next to the M4 during a three-day dig

Officers will spend the next few days searching the area in Meadow Lane, Swindon (above) before forensic analysis is carried out

Officers will spend the next few days searching the area in Meadow Lane, Swindon (above) before forensic analysis is carried out

Earlier today, at least five officers were at the scene along with a police van. Police are expected to remain in the area for the next week. 

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: ‘We are investigating the discovery of what we suspect to be old human remains close to Junction 15 of the M4.

‘Specialist officers are currently conducting a meticulous search of the area to recover any relevant material before forensic scientific analysis is conducted.

‘This sort of investigation can take a number of weeks however we will endeavour to provide updates where we can as this work continues.’Members of the public will see a police presence in the area over the next few days and weeks.’

Local residents said at least five police officers were at the scene today along with a police van

Local residents said at least five police officers were at the scene today along with a police van

When asked if the initial dig and the subsequent discovery of human remains was in any way connected to local serial killer Christopher Halliwell, a Wiltshire police spokesman denied any link.

They added: ‘However our investigation is at an early stage and we are keeping an open mind to all lines of enquiry.’

Swindon taxi driver Halliwell, 57, is currently serving two life sentences for murdering Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden-Edwards in Wiltshire.

But some have always suspected him of murdering more women, and in 2019 he was linked with four other unsolved cases. 

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