Remains of baby found at house in Wigan

Police at the scene in Wigan
Police at the scene in Wigan - MEN Media Limited

The remains of a baby have been found at a house in Wigan, with police arresting five people in connection with the incident.

Greater Manchester Police has sealed off two addresses in the Lancashire town after making the discovery, which it described as “heart-breaking”.

The five people were arrested on suspicion of unlawful burial and concealing a death and are aged between 20 and 70.

They have all since been released on bail.

Officers remain on the scene at the two addresses. One is in the north-western suburb of Marsh Green and the other is two miles on Valley Road, Pemberton.

The force said it had received intelligence from a “partner agency” before making the arrests.

‘A truly heart-breaking discovery’

It said it would remain at the scene “over the following days as officers conduct extensive enquiries”.

Ch Supt Clare Jenkins said: “This is a truly heart-breaking discovery, and I do not underestimate the impact that this news will have on the local community.

“I would like to reassure you that we have several teams of officers and specialist resources working diligently to find answers.

“You will likely notice an increased presence of our officers throughout the next week, if you have any concerns or want to share any confidential information, please do not hesitate to speak to them.

“In the coming days we will know more about the circumstances surrounding this incident, but we are confident that this is isolated, and there is no threat to the wider public.

“At this stage we are keeping an open mind, and we will provide updates as soon as we can.”