A police investigation is underway following the discovery of human remains on a beach close to a historical burial site at an exclusive seaside resort.
A stunned walker found the decayed skeleton at West Wittering in West Sussex on Monday and reported the discovery to Sussex Police.
The force later confirmed the remains are human and they had launched an investigation.
A spokesperson added the skeleton was found close to “an area where historical burial sites are located”.
However it is unclear how the bones were unearthed.
The remains were found in the coastal village of West Wittering which is popular with celebrities due to its stunning beachside properties.
Famous people who own homes in or around the village include actress Kate Winslet, actor Nicholas Lyndhurst, Rolling Stone Keith Richards and singer Michael Ball.
The skeleton will be examined by pathologists in a bid to discover the age of the bones.
Sussex Police said in a statement: “Specialist forensic teams recovered the bones and have confirmed the remains are human.
“The discovery is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries to identify the bones are ongoing.”