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Police who launched a murder inquiry after two bags of human bones were found dumped in a river at a beauty spot have arrested a man.

The black bin bags were first spotted by a member of the public on August 27 last year in the River Stour in Sudbury, Suffolk.

They were hauled out of the water by a nature reserve warden who was shocked to discover the human remains inside.

Suffolk Police revealed today that a 26-year-old man from Sudbury had been arrested this morning in connection with the discovery of the bones.

He was also arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

The man who has not been identified has been taken to the Police Investigation Centre at Bury St Edmunds where he will be questioned by detectives.

A second man was arrested at the same time on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug. He was not arrested in connection with the discovery of the bones.

Police are currently searching a property in Sudbury following the arrests and are expected to continue their hunt for clues there until tomorrow.

Forensic tests established last year that the bones found near Meadow Gate and Croft Bridge in Sudbury came from a man of athletic or muscular build.

But he has so far not been identified despite his DNA being compared with UK and worldwide databases.

A Home Office post-mortem examination conducted on August 30 was not able to establish a cause of death or any form of identification.

Police revealed last October that a small amount of additional human remains were found during searches of the river by specialist officers including divers.

DNA tests confirmed that the remains came from the same person as the original discovery.

Detectives trying to solve the mystery stated last October that they had spoken to around 750 people, taken more than 140 statements and examined 180 hours of footage from 70 CCTV cameras around the town.

A Suffolk Police statement said today: “Tests to establish the timescale in which the victim died are continuing, as are efforts to identify him through the comparison of DNA across national and international databases.

“Detectives continue to appeal for anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour near to the river in the week preceding the discovery to come forward.

“They would also like to hear from anyone who has seen black bin bags in unusual locations, such as ditches or hedgerows.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, either via our online portal here or by calling 101.