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Severed human foot found in UK park "probably anatomical specimen"

Severed human foot found in UK park "probably anatomical specimen"

A severed human foot found in a park was probably an anatomical specimen used in teaching, according to police.

The left foot was found by dog-walkers on top of bramble bushes in Weston Park East, Bath, in February.

Avon and Somerset Police said detailed forensic tests were carried out on the foot, while it was also examined by a Home Office pathologist and a forensic anthropologist.

A Home Office pathologist told the BBC the foot's genetic material appeared to have been "killed by something", which made further identification very difficult.

Detectives also spoke with local educational and health care providers and the local authority as they sought to establish who the foot belonged to.

Temporary Detective Inspector Paul Catton said: "We have carried out an extensive investigation into the foot and we have exhausted all active lines of inquiry pending any new information.

"We are satisfied that no crime has been committed and that the foot is more than likely an exhibit from a medical or educational establishment."