/Police launch murder probe after finding a human torso in suitcase

Police launch murder probe after finding a human torso in suitcase

Man and woman are arrested after police stop them ‘walking down street carrying a human torso in suitcase’ – before finding other body parts scattered in a nearby forest

  • Woman and man have been arrested on suspicion of murder after police found a human torso in a suitcase
  • Other body parts are understood to have been found in the surrounding area in the Forest of Dean
  • An officer allegedly stopped a couple carrying the bag in Gloucestershire on the English-Welsh border

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A murder inquiry is continuing today after a police officer found a human torso in a suitcase being carried by a couple on the English-Welsh border.

Since the grisly find in Gloucestershire, it is understood other body parts have been found in the surrounding area in the Forest of Dean.

Police sealed off a large area of the Forest yesterday and two people were arrested and taken into custody – a woman in her twenties from Birmingham and a man in his thirties from Wolverhampton.

It is believed they had been walking along a road near Coleford, when a passing police officer became suspicious of them and stopped to ask what was in the case.

Other body parts have also reportedly been found scattered nearby, as forensic tests are being carried out.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after human remains were found in the Forest of Dean at around 11.30pm on Tuesday

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after human remains were found in the Forest of Dean at around 11.30pm on Tuesday

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after human remains were found in the Forest of Dean at around 11.30pm on Tuesday

A road closure is still in place and police remain at the scene today, pictured, after a torso was allegedly found in a suitcase

A road closure is still in place and police remain at the scene today, pictured, after a torso was allegedly found in a suitcase

A road closure is still in place and police remain at the scene today, pictured, after a torso was allegedly found in a suitcase

A map, pictured, shows where a man and a woman were arrested after a human torso was found in a suitcase

A map, pictured, shows where a man and a woman were arrested after a human torso was found in a suitcase

A map, pictured, shows where a man and a woman were arrested after a human torso was found in a suitcase

Gloucestershire Police has not formally issued an update today but a spokesman said yesterday: ‘Due to an ongoing police investigation road closures and scene guards are in place on the A4136 between Monmouth and Coleford. 

‘Shortly after 11.30pm last night, Tuesday 12 May, officers discovered suspected human remains.

‘Cordons are likely to remain in place for the rest of the day while enquiries continue to establish what has taken place and further forensic tests are being carried out on the remains.

‘A woman from Birmingham aged in her 20s and a man from Wolverhampton aged in his 30s have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the investigation and remain in police custody today.’ 

It is not clear where exactly the suspected remains were found but police sealed off a large area and three tents were erected at the entrance to Stowfield Quarry.

One resident said yesterday: ‘The tents weren’t there when I went out this morning but they had appeared by the time I got back. I don’t know what’s going on but they say I can’t even walk along the road.

‘Somebody said they had found a body and the police say the road will be closed all day.’

Another resident who lives within the cordon said: ‘I don’t know what’s happening.

Police were pictured at the  entrance road to Stowfield Quarry as a murder investigation was launched near Coleford yesterday

Police were pictured at the  entrance road to Stowfield Quarry as a murder investigation was launched near Coleford yesterday

Police were pictured at the  entrance road to Stowfield Quarry as a murder investigation was launched near Coleford yesterday

The discovery was made last night at the e

The discovery was made last night at the e

The discovery was made at the entrance to the Stowfield Quarry and a large area remains cordoned off on the outskirts of Coleford, Gloucestershire

Police were pictured at the entrance road to Stowfield Quarry yesterday as the investigation continues

Police were pictured at the entrance road to Stowfield Quarry yesterday as the investigation continues

Police were pictured at the entrance road to Stowfield Quarry yesterday as the investigation continues

One resident said: 'The tents weren't there when I went out this morning but they had appeared by the time I got back. I don't know what's going on but they say I can't even walk along the road'

One resident said: 'The tents weren't there when I went out this morning but they had appeared by the time I got back. I don't know what's going on but they say I can't even walk along the road'

One resident said: ‘The tents weren’t there when I went out this morning but they had appeared by the time I got back. I don’t know what’s going on but they say I can’t even walk along the road’

‘I didn’t notice anything until I drove down the road and came to the road block. I asked if I could go through and they said yes but I might not be able to get back in again.  

‘One of the officers said the road might be closed for a few days so it must be serious.’

The quarry is on Staunton Road and the closed section also contains a fishery, a former sawmill which now contains storage units, several houses and a campsite.

The main A4136 from Cinderford to Monmouth was blocked off at the bottom of the hill at Monmouth and there was a further roadblock at the Coleford traffic lights.

The roadblock at the lights was stopping traffic from Monmouth and Staunton turning right into Coleford or heading past the fishery to Berry Hill and beyond.

Both blocked-off sections of road would have caused chaos on a normal working day and key workers had to find detours through the lanes. 

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