'Human Remains' Discovered After Fire Near Suffolk Football Club

Police are investigating.

Police have discovered what are thought to be human remains at the scene of a fire near a football club.

Officers were called to the remains of a portable building on land adjoining Leiston FC, Suffolk Police said.

The force said it is understood there was a fire at the site in the early hours of Wednesday, and officers were called at 3.37pm the same day.

An area off Victory Road has been taped off by police while investigations continue.

A man who answered the phone at Leiston Town Athletic Association, who did not give his name, said the portable building that has been “burnt down to the ground” is beside one of three football pitches and belongs to the association.

The association is a sports and social club with sections for darts, bowls and pigeon racing and is the home of Leiston Football Club, its Facebook page said.

The portable building is in the corner of a field, away from the nearest road and houses.

It was used for storage before it fell into disrepair and had not been used in months, the man said.

“The windows have been knocked out some time ago due to vandalism,” he said. “It wasn’t used for anything in particular, just for dumping stuff there.”

He said the groundsman called him on Tuesday afternoon about a fire.

He said he had not seen smoke or anybody going into the building, though a darts player mentioned “in general conversation” some time ago that he saw a young adult go into the building.

“It’s obviously very sad news,” he said.

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said no 999 call was made, but officers were asked to investigate after it was established that a fire had taken place.

“A Suffolk fire officer was called to the scene at 4.12pm on Wednesday to assist police with their investigation,” the spokesman said.

“No appliances were required. We are continuing to support the police with their inquiry.”

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday morning, or has knowledge of the incident, is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 246 of February 6.