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A dog walker found a human ear while walking is dog in a church graveyard, police said.
The grisly discovery took place on Wedneday afternoon in the grounds of St Mary the Virgin Church in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Police cordoned off the church to investigate and have sent the ear to the Home Office pathologist to be analysed.
Results are expected next week and officers will launch an investigation if the body part is found to be "current rather than historic".
Reverend Shane Wood, rector of the church told The Sun the town had been left stunned by the “strange event”.
He added: “It is a great mystery – we are not used to having Midsomer Murders-style situations here.”