Grim discovery as body found in park that could have been decomposing for years

Human remains have been discovered in a park amid fears the body had been decomposing there for several years.

The grim discovery was made in Brackley Park, East Hull, with a growing police presence at the site ever since.

The police cordon around the scene is believed to have expanded as forensic investigators examine multiple sites linked to body parts, Hull Live reported.

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Police are thought to be pursuing a theory that the victim may have been hit by a train at a nearby railway line, which carries freight from Hull Docks.

The timeline of the events is uncertain, with the incident potentially taking place several months or even years ago.

It is not known if police have been able to identify the victim.

British Transport Police (BTP) are leading the investigation due to the remains being found on land at the west of Brackley Park which is owned by Network Rail.

Police were originally called to the scene at 6pm on Wednesday, December 7 following "reports of human remains found".

Four scenes of crime tents were situated within a cordon in the park, with crime scene investigators in white forensic overalls.

It is thought the scene may have been disrupted by animals and wildlife due to the remains being there for some time.

The park has been closed off to the public, which is a local hub for dog walkers, families and cyclists.

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Many residents’ questions have remained unanswered since the inquest began, and they have the mood as "anxious" as the police investigation continues.

A local dog walker said there had been growing concern that the crime may be more serious, or that there may be more than one body – after spotting 11 vehicles, a portacabin and three white tents at the scene.

However, BTP has said they are only investigating the remains of one person.

Other neighbours on Brackley Close said they were concerned by the length of time the investigation is taking and parents said they weren't letting their kids out of their sight.

A mum who lives next to the park, named only as Nicola, told Hull Live: "We have lived here for 11 years and walk our dogs every day, if not twice a day, in that park.

"It comes as a shock that something like that would happen on our doorstep. On Wednesday afternoon, we were actually out with the dogs when we saw a person leading a police officer to that area- that must have been what it was for.

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"It is a lovely place for families around here but the area has had its trouble before, especially in the summer.

“There will be kids with motorbikes being antisocial or people taking drugs now and then but, usually, it is nice and quiet."

BTP has not provided a statement since Tuesday (December 13) but is expected to release a further statement this week.

The original statement said: "We’re still searching the area. It’s believed to be the remains of one person – and detectives are following a number of enquiries to identify them."

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