UPDATE: Police say bones found in Stickney garden to be ‘not suspicious’

The scene at Stickney after the discovery of bones in a garden back in January. EMN-160924-151210001

The scene at Stickney after the discovery of bones in a garden back in January. EMN-160924-151210001

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Police have confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the discovery of bones in a garden in Stickney.

The announcement by Lincolnshire Police comes after a lengthy investigation since a homeowner found teh bones while digging a hole in their garden on January 17.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “After a lengthy analysis, we can confirm that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the discovery of these bones. Radio-carbon dating suggests they date back to pre 1890 and could possibly be significantly older.

“All the evidence concludes that this was very unlikely to have been an unlawful death.”

A burial has been arranged for the bones at 2pm on Wednesday, September 28 at St Luke’s Church, Stickney.

The enquiry was launched back in January after the gardener’s grim discovery.

The bones were examined by an anthropologist and confirmed to be human, but further tests were required to establish the age of the bones and determine if they were from an ancient burial.