HUMAN remains found in a field off a rural road in Frankley are 'several years old', say police investigating the find.

Officers and an forensic archaeologist remain in Egghill Lane today (Friday) as they continue the process of recovering the remains found by telecom engineers on Thursday.

Once recovered a post-mortem will be carried out to help determine how the person died but, at this time, their death is being treated as unexplained.

Detective Inspector Lisa Duncan said: “I can confirm that the remains appear to have been in their location for several years.

"However, at this time we are keeping an open mind as to the cause of death as the investigation is in the very early stages.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding as there is still a local road closure (Egghill Lane) and an increased police and media presence in the area.

"We hope to reopen the road soon.

“If anyone has information they think could be helpful to our investigation, please call 101 and quote incident number 00206i of 10 September 2020."