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Old Street bones: ‘Human’ remains found in Bartholomew Court

PUBLISHED: 17:16 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 27 April 2018

Cops at the scene of the bone discovery in Bartholomew Court this afternoon. Picture: Gary Sullivan

Cops at the scene of the bone discovery in Bartholomew Court this afternoon. Picture: Gary Sullivan

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Suspected human bones have been found in an Old Street estate.

Cops at the scene of the bone discovery in Bartholomew Court this afternoon. Picture: Gary SullivanCops at the scene of the bone discovery in Bartholomew Court this afternoon. Picture: Gary Sullivan

The remains were found by startled workers this morning, and are currently being tested by forensic officers.

A Met Police spokesman told the Gazette this afternoon: “We were called at 8am by gas engineers who found skeletal remains in Bartholomew Court. Officers attended the scene and put a cordon in place.

“The remains are believed to be very old and related or associated with a former burial ground on the site. However, we await the results of further tests.”

Gary Sullivan, who lives near the scene, said of the police officers at the cordon: “They’ve been there all day, and have been very secretive about what’s going on.”

Islington has a weird recent tradition of bone discoveries.

In April last year, pubgoer Dan Gardner stumbled across two human thigh bones positioned on top of a brown potato bag in the middle of Cloudesley Square, Barnsbury.

And in January 2016, construction workers in King Square, off Goswell Road, found human remains that, incredibly, dated back to the 16th century.

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