UK police appeal after severed human head discovered in quarry

Police say it was a human head that was found, not a skull

UK police appeal after severed human head discovered in quarry

File photo of police at a scene in Cambridgshire | Image: PA / PA Archive/PA Images

Police in Britain are investigating the discovery of a human head in a quarry in Cambridgeshire.

It was found in the small village of Mepal, near Ely, by a staff member at the quarry on Monday afternoon.

It is believed the head - which has not been identified as male or female - was found in a skip.

Police have yet to learn how long it had been there but reports say it may be been some time.

They stressed it was a human head that was found, not a skull.

Detective Inspector Jerry Waite, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "We are conducting enquiries 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".

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".

The site is used for landfill, recycling and mixing cement. It is also used for the supply of various materials including limestone and gravel.