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Human Remains Found In Mansfield Garden
Police have found the remains of two people in a garden near Mansfield.
The discovery was made by officers in the back garden of a property in Blenheim Close, Forest Town, on Thursday, according to Nottinghamshire Police.
A spokesman said it is believed the remains had been there for some time.
Police were led to the address after information came to light about an "incident" alleged to have taken place in the late 1990s.
The remains have yet to be formally identified, and according to police it could take weeks or even months for this to be completed.
Forensics teams could be seen entering the garden, and the scene has been cordoned off while examinations were carried out.
A white police tent and a digger, along with piles of soil, were also visible, and two officers were stood outside the property.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she knew of an elderly couple who used to live at the house in the 1990s.
The 51-year-old said: "I only saw the man a few times. I never saw the lady or any family.
"I never saw anyone coming or going. My friend and I always used to say 'I wonder what happened to that couple'.
"They just disappeared. We thought they had emigrated."
She said she believed the house then stood empty until the present occupiers moved in around seven years ago.
Post-mortem examinations to establish the cause of death are due to take place today.
Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Mark Webster, said the two bodies had been removed from the address.
He said: "As a result of information we received in force last week we commenced a search at premises on Blenheim Close in the Forest Town area of Mansfield and yesterday we uncovered the bodies of two people.
"Forensic tests are taking place at this moment to identify who they are formally."
The officer said the current tenant and the owner of the property had been "extremely helpful" and did not feature in their investigation at this time.
Insp Webster refused to comment any further on the information they had received last week.
Asked whether they had made any arrests, the officer answered: "No, we haven't at the moment."
Appealing for anyone with information to come forward, Mr Webster said: "If anyone in the Mansfield or surrounding areas knows anything that could help the police we'd be very grateful for anything that anyone can give to us.
"It's a historical inquiry because of the length of time the people have been there."
Reassuring the local community, the officer added: "We don't believe that there is any risk of any harm coming to the community.
"People are clearly going to be concerned when an incident of this nature happens and we would like to reassure them and we'd like to thank people particularly the local neighbours on Blenheim Close they've been really helpful to us."