‘Body’ search ‘may be wound down’

Police at Knowsley Crescent in Thornton
Police at Knowsley Crescent in Thornton

Police have suggested their search for a ‘body’ in a garden in Thornton may be wound down.

Officers arrived at the semi-detached house in Knowsley Crescent last Monday having received what they described at the time as ‘credible’ reports a body might be buried there.

The search has been going on for more than a week

The search has been going on for more than a week

Since then a team, led by Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill, has been digging in the garden at the rear of the property.

Police officers and crime scene investigators have been at the scene 24-hours a day during the dig.

After more than 10 days at the scene, Lancashire Police confirmed today that nothing significant had yet been found.

A spokesman said: “After an extensive search operation using specialist search techniques there is so far no indication of anything of significance at the address.

“While we keep an open mind and remain at the address the operation may be wound down over the next couple of days.”