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Old bones discovered in play park

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Police have said the find is not a criminal matter

Human bones have been found by council workers installing new play equipment at a park in Angus.

Police and archaeologists were called to Victoria Park in Arbroath to inspect the remains, which could be hundreds of years old.

Police said they are satisfied the find is not a criminal matter that requires them to investigate further.

Bone fragments have been found in the area before and it is thought the site is part of an ancient burial ground.

Cllr Jim Millar, who is also a qualified historian, said: "I'm not surprised at all. There has been a history of bone fragments found at Victoria Park.

"On the site there was a chapel which may in fact pre-date Arbroath Abbey, which was founded in 1178.

"The chapel was built fairly close to St Ninian's Well, which still exists today, although you can no longer drink the water.

"The water, at one time, was felt to have health properties and it stands to reason there would have been a cemetery in the area also."

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