Human remains found in suitcases at Clifton Suspension bridge as police hunt ‘suspicious’ man
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Human remains found in suitcases at Clifton Suspension bridge as police hunt ‘suspicious’ man

The Clifton Suspension Bridge has been closed by police after suitcases containing human remains were found, sparking a manhunt for a man seen leaving the scene



Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge closed off ‘all day’

A busy bridge has been closed by police after suitcases containing human remains were found following reports of a man acting suspiciously at the scene.

Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol was closed after Avon and Somerset Police were called to reports of a man acting suspiciously with a suitcase on Wednesday. A second suitcase was later found, with both fearing to contain human remains.




In a statement posted on X, the force said: “At 1.57pm yesterday (Wed 10 July) we received a report of a man with a suitcase acting suspiciously on Clifton Suspension Bridge. Officers arrived at the bridge within 10 minutes, but the man had already left the area, leaving the suitcase behind

“A second suitcase was located nearby a short time later. Sadly, it’s believed the suitcases contain human remains.

The bridge has been closed as investigations continue(Bristol Live/BPM Media)

“Our Major Crime Investigation Team has launched an investigation. Locating the man who left the suitcases and identifying the deceased are our priorities.”

Acting Bristol Commander Vicks Hayward-Melen said efforts are now underway to identify the deceased and inform their next of kin. Early investigations have shown the person was taken to the bridge in a taxi, which has now been seized.


The man was taken to the scene in a taxi, which has been seized(Bristol Live/BPM Media)

Cmdr Hayward-Melen added: “This is a very disturbing incident and I fully recognise the concern it will be causing our communities. The investigation is being led by our Major Crime Investigation Team and involves specialist officers and staff from across our organisation.

“Our immediate priority is to locate the man who took the suitcases to the bridge, identify the deceased, and inform their next of kin. Specialist officers are ready to provide them with any support they need.