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Man United academy building area closed off as human remains found “yards away”



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The area surrounding Manchester United’s academy base, The Cliff, has been closed off and a murder investigation has been launched after human remains were found “just yards away” from the facility.

This is according to The Telegraph, where it is claimed that the discovery was made on Thursday afternoon by a member of the public in Kersal Dale woodland in Salford.

The remains, which were wrapped in plastic, were discovered just yards from Manchester United’s academy training base, The Cliff.

The area near The Cliff has been sealed off pending investigation. A pathologist who was called to the scene confirmed that the victims were human.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said while the remains had not been identified, a murder investigation had been launched. No arrests have been made.

Det Supt Lewis Hughes from GMP’s Serious Crime Division said: “I want to assure the local community that although this is a disturbing and unsettling find, we have a large visible presence in the area to complete enquiries, provide reassurance and to listen to any concerns. I encourage anyone who may have relevant information to speak to these officers.

“A large scene is now in place, and is likely to remain for some time, whilst we work to unravel what exactly has happened here. The area is closed to members of the public.

“The victim has not yet been identified, but we know that behind this discovery there will be a family who have lost a loved one, and we want to make sure they are supported as quickly as possible.

“Anyone who thinks they may have witnessed something suspicious in the Kersal Dale area over the last few days, could be key to unlocking what happened. I would ask that anyone who has any information that may be relevant to our enquiries, no matter how big or small, comes forward by calling 101 and quoting log number 2695 of 4 April 2024.”