Skull found in Portishead could be remains of 1938 plane crash co-pilot, locals claim
The skull was found by a horrified walker at Redcliff Bay, Portishead, in Somerset, on Monday.
Avon and Somerset Police were contacted and forensic teams could be seen searching the bay throughout Tuesday in attempts to find more evidence.
The skull was found by a horrified walker
It's not unusual for this type of discovery to be made at a coastal area
Avon and Somerset Police
Detectives say it is too early to be sure how old the skull may be and further tests are now being carried out.
But one local pub landlord, who wishes not to be identified, has said the skull could belong to the co-pilot of a British Airways Lockheed 14 plane that crashed during a test flight over nearby Walton Bay in November 1938.
A police spokesperson said, "We were called at 5.45pm on Monday by a member of public, who found a skull, believed to be human, at Redcliff Bay."
Detectives say it is too early to be sure how old the skull may be
He added, "It's not unusual for this type of discovery to be made at a coastal area.
"The skull couldn't be aged visually and the area is currently being examined and further tests and examinations carried out."