Reports of 'human remains' at Castleford Lock were actually animal bones

The Aire and Calder Navigation in Castleford (Photo: Google).
The Aire and Calder Navigation in Castleford (Photo: Google).

Police were called to a Yorkshire canal towpath after a member of the public saw what they thought were human remains.

West Yorkshire Police were called to a stretch of the Aire and Calder Navigation near Lock Lane in Castleford after the alarm was raised on Sunday afternoon.

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A member of the public is believed to have been very concerned that the remains may have been those of a small child.

A stretch of the path, near to Bulhome Lock, was cordoned off and a police evidence tent was put up while crime scene investigation officers examined the remains.

But their enquiries determined that what was found actually belonged to an animal.

A police spokeswoman said the incident was dealt with by 7.30pm.