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Manhunt for ‘human remains’ found in suitcases at Clifton Suspension Bridge – latest updates

Manhunt for ‘human remains’ found in suitcases at Clifton Suspension Bridge – latest updates

(Alamy Live News)

A manhunt was launched after police found two suitcases suspected to contain human remains on the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Police said officers were called after a man was observed behaving suspiciously at the bridge at 11.57pm on Wednesday.

They arrived at the crime scene within ten minutes, but the man had already left the crime scene and left the suitcase behind. A short time later, a second suitcase was found nearby.

Police said they found that “the man was taken to the bridge in a taxi. The vehicle has been impounded and the driver is assisting us with our investigation.”

Bristol Acting Commander Vicks Hayward-Melen said: “This is a very disturbing incident and I am fully aware of the concern it is causing in our community.

“Our immediate priority is to locate the man who brought the suitcases onto the bridge, identify the dead man and inform his next of kin.”

“Following the discovery of the suitcases, the area was immediately searched by ground officers with the assistance of the National Police Air Service and HM Coastguard. These searches are ongoing.”

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Clifton Bridge and Visitor Centre closed all day

A traffic update was posted on the Clifton Suspension Bridge X page this morning.

It said: “Due to a police operation, the bridge and visitor center will be CLOSED to all traffic and pedestrians all day today (JULY 11). We apologize for the disruption.”

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 11, 2024 13:53

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Roads around the bridge remain closed today

Roads around the bridge and surrounding footpaths will remain closed on Thursday while specialist forensic officers examine the area. Roads are expected to remain closed throughout the day.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge visitor center is closed due to police operations, operators announced on social media.

An autopsy will take place later Thursday.

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 11, 2024 13:45

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Locating and identifying human remains is “top priority”

Avon and Somerset Police said their “immediate priority” was to find the man and identify the human remains.

Officers were called after a man was observed behaving suspiciously on the bridge at 11:57 p.m. on Wednesday.

They arrived at the crime scene within ten minutes, but the man had already left the crime scene and left the suitcase behind. A short time later, a second suitcase was found nearby.

(Alamy Live News)

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 11, 2024 13:41

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Man “taken to the bridge by taxi,” police say

Police said they found that “the man was taken to the bridge by taxi.”

Acting Bristol Commander Vicks Hayward-Melen said in a statement: “This vehicle has been impounded and the driver is assisting us with our investigation.”

(PA Archive)

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 11, 2024 13:39

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The area where suitcases were left was “immediately searched” by the police

The area where the suitcases were left was immediately searched by officers on site, confirmed Bristol Deputy Commander Vicks Hayward-Melen.

“Following the discovery of the suitcases, the area was immediately searched by ground officers with the assistance of the National Police Air Service and HM Coastguard. These searches are ongoing.

“Initial investigations have shown that the man was taken to the bridge in a taxi. This vehicle has been confiscated and the driver is assisting us with our investigations.”

“Specialized crime scene investigators are currently examining the bridge and the surrounding area. The bridge will remain closed during these investigations.

“A forensic autopsy will take place later today.

“There is currently an increased police presence in the area and anyone with concerns is asked to speak to an officer.”

(PA cable)

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 11, 2024 13:33

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“A very disturbing incident”

Bristol Acting Commander Vicks Hayward-Melen said: “This is a very disturbing incident and I am fully aware of the concern it is causing in our community.

“The investigation is being led by our Serious Crime Investigation Team and involves specialist officers and staff from across the organisation.

“Our immediate priority is to locate the man who brought the suitcases onto the bridge, identify the deceased and inform his next of kin.

“Professionals are on hand to provide them with any support they need.”

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 11, 2024 13:28

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Suitcase containing “human remains” found at Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol

A manhunt was launched after two suitcases full of human remains were left on the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

Police said they were called at 11:57 p.m. on Wednesday to a man behaving suspiciously on the bridge.

The officers arrived within ten minutes, but the man had already left and left a suitcase behind. A short time later, a second suitcase was found.

In both cases there were human remains, police said.

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 11, 2024 13:27