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Two arrested as human remains discovered inside suitcases in Gloucestershire

Human remains have been discovered inside two suitcases after police stopped a car in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

Officers pulled over the car after it had been reported by a member of the public due to its driving, on the A4136 close to the English-Welsh border in Coleford.

Officers believe the victim is female and are currently working to identify her.

A woman from Birmingham in her 20s, and a man from Wolverhampton in his 30s are being held on suspicion of murder.

Searches have taken place at premises in both Birmingham and Wolverhampton following the arrests.

Tents on the scene of crime
Tents were quickly erected following the discovery just outside of Coleford.

Police say they were called to the vehicle after suspicions had been reported about its driving shortly after 10.30pm on Tuesday 12 May.

A post-mortem examination yesterday [May 14] was found to be inconclusive and further examinations are ongoing to establish the cause of death.

DNA testing is also ongoing to identify the female victim.

The nature of this incident is distressing and we’re working around the clock to fully understand what has happened.

Someone’s life has been lost and our priority is to identify the victim and get answers for her family.

Searches have taken place in the surrounding area for evidence gathering and contrary to media reports no remains have been found as part of these searches.

Our Major Crime Investigation Team is working in collaboration with the West Midlands Police homicide team to carry out further enquiries.

– DCI JOHN TURNER , SENIOR INVESTIGATING OFFICER

Road closures
Some road closures remain in place in the surrounding area.

Christel Powles is local to the area and takes her dog on regular walks around the area currently being searched.

She’s described the incident as ‘shocking’.

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