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Discovered head 'that of a man'

Officers at the scene
Forensic examinations were expected to take several days

A severed human head discovered in Leicestershire is that of a man, police have confirmed.

A passer-by found the head near Hoby Road in Asfordby on Tuesday.

A post-mortem examination at Leicester Royal Infirmary was unable to determine a cause of death or how long the man's head had been in the field.

Meanwhile, detectives were trying to establish whether or not the head belonged to a man whose body parts were found in Hertfordshire.

A leg was found in a green hold-all in a lay-by near Cottered on Sunday 22 March and part of an arm was found on farmland in nearby Wheathampstead a week later.

Tests carried out on the leg established the man was between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 10ins tall.

He is believed to have been white or Asian, but his DNA profile did not match any held on the National DNA Database.

'Shocking and upsetting'

Leicestershire Police have said it is too early to link their inquiry with any others.

Det Supt Julia McKechnie, who is leading the investigation in Leicestershire, said: "Work is on-going in order to obtain a full DNA profile and we recognise that this may take some time.

"As we are still waiting for results we are not able to make any links to any crime or investigation being undertaken by colleagues in other forces at this time.

"I know the incident has been shocking and upsetting for the local community and I want to thank them for their co-operation and understanding."

Specialist search teams were continuing to carry out intensive searches around the area where the head was found.

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