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Probe underway after severed head found in UK quarry

The entrance to the quarry where the head was found
The entrance to the quarry where the head was found

A severed head has been found in a quarry in Cambridgeshire, police said.

A worker at the site in Mepal made the horrifying discovery on Monday afternoon and officers from the region's major crime unit have launched an investigation.

Police are trying to establish how long the remains had been there.

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police said: "We were called at about 3pm yesterday afternoon with reports of the discovery of a human head at a quarry in Mepal.

"Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are conducting enquiries, both locally and across the county borders."

A spokesman for Mick George Ltd, the company that runs the quarry, said: "We are working closely with the police and providing them with all the information they need to undertake their investigations. At this point we cannot provide any further comments."

A construction site is being searched in Mill Road, Sharnbrook.

Detective Inspector Jerry Waite, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "We are conducting inquiries both locally and across the county borders, and would urge anyone with information about the finding to contact us.

"At this stage we do not know if the head is male or female, however we have got officers carrying out searches at a site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, as we believe this is where the remains may have come from."

The Mepal site where the head was found is used for landfill and recycling, as well as the supply of aggregates such as limestone and gravel, and mixing concrete.

An unnamed quarry worker told Bedfordshire on Sunday that his colleague discovered the remains after taking the cover off a skip he had transported back to Mepal.

The worker said: "His first thought was that it was a mannequin's head.

"But then he realised it had eyebrows and hair, and suddenly clicked that it was actually a woman's head.

"He said it had blood all over and was covered in dirt, but didn't look like it had disintegrated."

The worker added that his colleague described the features of the head as looking female, "and said she looked in her thirties or forties, but he couldn't be 100%".