Friday 19 December 2014

Bones of a small child found under London driveway

Neela Debnath

Published 16/04/2014 | 21:03

The house on Riddlesdown Road, in Purley, London where builders have uncovered human remains whilst carrying out work on the driveway

A skeleton has been found by builders underneath a driveway in Purley, south London.

The discovery was made by landscape gardeners who were working in the front garden of the semi-detached house when they uncovered several bones, including a human skull and a femur, thought to have belonged to a small child.

The fragments have now been taken away for analysis to establish their age.

Work has been halted on the driveway and the front garden has been sealed off while the police investigate the discovery. 

Alison Carpenter, 41, and her husband Michael live at the property on Riddlesdown Road with their four children Jasmine, Joel, Toby and Zac.

Speaking to London Live, Mrs Carpenter said “Yesterday morning the diggers came and they started work. I had a phone call about half eleven to say 'err… we’ve found a skull, perhaps we ought to stop digging'.”

The couple called the police, who are looking into the discovery, if the bones are found to be under 70 years old then an investigation could be launched. However, it is believed that the skeleton was very old and had been there for many years.

“A neighbour down the road said perhaps it was somebody who had been buried as a result of the plague, other people are talking about Saxon burial grounds in the area,” Mrs Carpenter added.

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