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Police dig up graveyard as they launch ‘archaeological investigation’ in Wiltshire village

Police dig up graveyard as they launch ‘archaeological investigation’ in picturesque Wiltshire village

  • Police launched an ‘archaeological investigation’ at a Wiltshire cemetery yesterday
  • Planned excavations are taking place at St Andrew’s Church in Collingbourne Ducis
  • Forensic tents and a crime scene cordon have been set up next to 15 graves










Police began digging a cemetery as they launched an ‘archaeological investigation’ in a picturesque Wiltshire village.

Three forensic tents have been erected and a crime scene cordon has been set up around 15 graves at St Andrew’s Church in Collingbourne Ducis.

Officers stormed the cemetery early Monday morning as they prepared for the planned digs, but no details of the investigation have been released.

Residents of the village called the archaeological excavations at the cemetery “heartbreaking,” but police said relatives who have loved ones buried in the nearby area have been informed.

Wiltshire Police began digging a village graveyard as they launched an ‘archaeological investigation’ on Monday (pictured, crime scene investigators at the site)

Four police officers were seen standing guard over the cordon today as three crime scene investigators and an CID detective worked directly outside the main doors of the church.

Fresh earth thrown on a tarp could be seen at two graves next to one of the forensic tents as excavations began.

A concerned resident, who was walking his dog in the area, said: “It is worrying, but police say there is nothing to fear.

“It’s hard not to worry when they dig the cemetery right next to my house.

Three forensic tents have been erected and a crime scene cordon set up (pictured) around 15 graves at St Andrew's Church in Collingbourne Ducis

Three forensic tents have been erected and a crime scene cordon set up (pictured) around 15 graves at St Andrew’s Church in Collingbourne Ducis

Fresh earth was seen thrown over a tarp at two graves next to one of the forensic tents on Tuesday as investigation begins

Fresh earth was seen thrown over a tarp at two graves next to one of the forensic tents on Tuesday as investigation begins

“My mother is buried there but her grave is just outside the cordon so I don’t have to worry too much. Yet it cannot be a great experience for others.

“You can see dirt thrown over the graves. It must be overwhelming for those who have relatives there, especially if they can’t visit them for that long – weeks perhaps. ‘

In a statement, Wiltshire Police said: ‘This work relates to an archaeological investigation at a site carried out at the request of Wiltshire Police.

“Relatives of those whose graves are nearby have been informed.

Residents of the village called the archaeological excavations at the cemetery

Residents of the village called the archaeological excavations at the cemetery “heartbreaking”, but police said relatives who have loved ones buried in the nearby area have been informed.

No details of the operation have been disclosed by the force, which appears to be keeping any information on the investigation secret.

No details of the operation have been disclosed by the force, which appears to be keeping any information on the investigation secret.

“This should not disturb the public as the road remains open to pedestrians.”

No details of the operation have been released by the force, which appears to be keeping any information about the investigation secret for now.

The small village of Collingbourne Ducis is located on Salisbury Plain north of Tidworth, with a population of around 1,000, and the busy A338 two-lane road runs through it.

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