Police Find Human Remains Carried in Suitcase by Couple Out Walking

Police have arrested two people on suspicion of murder after an officer found human remains in a suitcase that was being carried by a couple near the English-Welsh border.

The gruesome discovery was made on Tuesday night at 11.30pm near the A4136 between Coleford, in Gloucestershire and Monmouth, in Wales.

A woman from Birmingham aged in her 20s and a man from Wolverhampton aged in his 30s have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the investigation and remain in police custody.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Police said: "Due to an ongoing police investigation road closures and scene guards are in place on the A4136 between Monmouth and Coleford.

"Shortly after 11.30pm last night, Tuesday 12 May, officers discovered suspected human remains.

"Cordons are likely to remain in place for the rest of the day while inquiries continue to establish what has taken place and further forensic tests are being carried out on the remains.

Human remains found in suitcase
A woman from Birmingham aged in her 20s and a man from Wolverhampton aged in his 30s have been arrested on suspicion of murder Getty

"A woman from Birmingham aged in her 20s and a man from Wolverhampton aged in his 30s have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the investigation and remain in police custody today, Wednesday 13 May."

A resident from the area told GloucestershireLive on Tuesday: "The tents weren't there when I went out this morning but they had appeared by the time I got back.

"I don't know what's going on but they say I can't even walk along the road."

Gloucestershire Police say they will be issuing a further update on the inquiry later today.

Another resident who lives within the cordon said: "I don't know what's happening. I didn't notice anything until I drove down the road and came to the road block.

"I asked if I could go through and they said yes but I might not be able to get back in again.