Couple's shock after finding old human skull outside Lady St Mary’s Church in Wareham

Human skull left outside church - can you help in police investigation?

Human skull left outside church - can you help in police investigation?

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A COUPLE in Dorset were given a shock when they discovered an old human skull outside a church in Wareham.

Clive and Pat Cherrett found the skull at Lady St Mary’s Church on Church Green at around midday on Friday July 11.

The skull had been carefully wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a bag before being left outside one of the church doors.

Clive, a verger and fabric officer for the church, was doing a routine check of the building when he came across the item.

The skull was in a plastic carrier bag. Clive went to dispose of it before noticing the weight of the item inside.

After removing the tissue paper, Clive noticed the skull and brought it to Pat’s attention.

Pat said: “It gave us both a start. When I looked, I just said, ‘I don’t want to see that, thank you.’ Just looking at it wasn’t that pleasant.

“Once we realised it was an old skull it wasn’t so bad.”

The police were called immediately and sealed off the area. A scientific investigation determined the skull to be old. It has since been taken away for further testing.

The skull may have been outside the church for more than 24 hours before being discovered.

Dorset Police is now appealing for information.

Detective Constable Michelle Lawrence, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “The skull appears to be very old and we are not treating this incident as suspicious at this time.

“We simply would like to identify where the skull originated from and to clarify in what circumstances it was found.

“Some houses near to church were built on parts of the old cemetery nearly 100 years ago and it is feasible that the skull may have been dug up in someone’s garden.

“The person who found it may have wanted to do the right thing and left it at the church.

“I urge anyone who has any information about this to contact the police – we would just like to ascertain exactly what has happened.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 11:171. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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12:44pm Tue 22 Jul 14

High Treason says...

Obviously a bit of skulduggery going on.
Obviously a bit of skulduggery going on. High Treason
  • Score: 13

12:50pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Controversial But True says...

Police are searching for a man in medieval attire who answers to Hamlet.
Police are searching for a man in medieval attire who answers to Hamlet. Controversial But True
  • Score: 19

1:48pm Tue 22 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

If I were the police I'd go and have a word with that guy who took those leg bones from Merrick Park Golf Course?
If I were the police I'd go and have a word with that guy who took those leg bones from Merrick Park Golf Course? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 5

2:00pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

The police will be scratching their heads over this one. They'll have their best brains on the case. Thoughts are with them.
The police will be scratching their heads over this one. They'll have their best brains on the case. Thoughts are with them. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 7

3:44pm Tue 22 Jul 14

UnionJayMutt says...

oh my god people youll all make a pun out of anything! you load of boneheads

.. skull pun
oh my god people youll all make a pun out of anything! you load of boneheads .. skull pun UnionJayMutt
  • Score: 5

5:28pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Controversial But True says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
If I were the police I'd go and have a word with that guy who took those leg bones from Merrick Park Golf Course?
They've already got him. Possession of a joint.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: If I were the police I'd go and have a word with that guy who took those leg bones from Merrick Park Golf Course?[/p][/quote]They've already got him. Possession of a joint. Controversial But True
  • Score: 6

7:03pm Tue 22 Jul 14

we-shall-see says...

Controversial But True wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
If I were the police I'd go and have a word with that guy who took those leg bones from Merrick Park Golf Course?
They've already got him. Possession of a joint.
Exceedingly bad taste for the poor young man who died at Meyrick Park!!
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: If I were the police I'd go and have a word with that guy who took those leg bones from Merrick Park Golf Course?[/p][/quote]They've already got him. Possession of a joint.[/p][/quote]Exceedingly bad taste for the poor young man who died at Meyrick Park!! we-shall-see
  • Score: -1

9:38pm Tue 22 Jul 14

ashleycross says...

Don't forget that like Yorrick and Ophelia, people who weren't considered good enough for the churchyard, including actors and court jesters like poor Yorrick and suicides like Ophelia, Hamlet's fiancee who he had just dumped, were buried just outside the churchyard. So it may be quite a sad story. If the church chooses to rebury it with appropriate rites it would show how much more accepting and forgiving the church is in these modern times.
Don't forget that like Yorrick and Ophelia, people who weren't considered good enough for the churchyard, including actors and court jesters like poor Yorrick and suicides like Ophelia, Hamlet's fiancee who he had just dumped, were buried just outside the churchyard. So it may be quite a sad story. If the church chooses to rebury it with appropriate rites it would show how much more accepting and forgiving the church is in these modern times. ashleycross
  • Score: 5

8:12am Wed 23 Jul 14

Wesoblind says...

They moved the headstones but they didnt move the bodies!

God is in his holy temple.
They moved the headstones but they didnt move the bodies! God is in his holy temple. Wesoblind
  • Score: 0

5:51pm Wed 23 Jul 14

podgie says...

Tell the police
'Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, '
Tell the police 'Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, ' podgie
  • Score: 0

11:23pm Wed 23 Jul 14

podgie says...

ashleycross wrote:
Don't forget that like Yorrick and Ophelia, people who weren't considered good enough for the churchyard, including actors and court jesters like poor Yorrick and suicides like Ophelia, Hamlet's fiancee who he had just dumped, were buried just outside the churchyard. So it may be quite a sad story. If the church chooses to rebury it with appropriate rites it would show how much more accepting and forgiving the church is in these modern times.
Yawn
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: Don't forget that like Yorrick and Ophelia, people who weren't considered good enough for the churchyard, including actors and court jesters like poor Yorrick and suicides like Ophelia, Hamlet's fiancee who he had just dumped, were buried just outside the churchyard. So it may be quite a sad story. If the church chooses to rebury it with appropriate rites it would show how much more accepting and forgiving the church is in these modern times.[/p][/quote]Yawn podgie
  • Score: 0

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