Police have launched an investigation after the discovery of human remains.
White forensic tents were erected on a domestic construction site in Kemble, a short distance from the Wiltshire county border, last Thursday (4 November).
Officers were guarding the location off School Road this morning (9 November) as Gloucestershire Constabulary probe the gruesome find just eight miles north of Malmesbury.
The scene is not visible from the ground due to surrounding trees, fences and properties blocking the view.
Aerial photographs revealed crime scene tape on the entrance to a garden area, where it appears builders have dug into the ground as they prepare the area to lay slabs.
A large mound of soil could be seen just metres away, indicating that the remains may have been unearthed during the garden landscaping work.
Wiltshire 999s understands police visited Kemble Primary School and informed staff of the ongoing incident after unknown details were revealed by a child.
“I didn’t even know it was happening until other parents were talking about it on the playground this morning”, a local resident, who did not wish to be named, said.
She added: “I think the reason for the crime scene is being kept very quiet at the moment.
“Whenever there’s a big crime scene in Gloucestershire, everybody thinks about Fred and Rose [West].
“Obviously there’s nothing to say it is one of their victims, but who knows how many there were and where they could be hidden.”
Gloucestershire Constabulary has confirmed human bones were found on-site, but couldn’t say how old they are believed to be or release any further information.
A spokesperson said: “Police received a report that human bones were discovered by a builder working at a property in Kemble last Thursday (4 November).
“Officers remain at the scene and inquiries are continuing.”
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