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Remains of second person discovered by police at site of burnt-down mill

Remains of a second person have been found by police at the site of a burnt down mill.

Teams have been searching the remnants of the mill after a fire on May 7 at Bismark House Mill, Oldham, since demolition workers discovered human remains on Saturday.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes said: “We’ve now recovered human remains to suggest that at least two people were in the mill during the fire.

“We remain conscious of the report we received, on Thursday 21 July 2022, that four Vietnamese nationals were missing and may have been involved in a fire.

“Alongside the search and recovery efforts, extensive enquiries are being carried out to establish the full circumstances surrounding the fire. Any criminal offences identified as part of this will be progressed immediately and appropriately.”

The inferno was so enormous it saw local roads closed and almost 70 999 calls from concerned members of the public.

Detectives from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire at the premises which was extinguished over four days on May 7.

At the time, it was not believed that anyone was inside the mill.

But then officers delivered the tragic news that last week they got a tip claiming several missing people may have been involved.

Police said today: “Anyone who is concerned about a missing loved one or who has information about the circumstances surrounding the fire, including activity at the premises before the seventh of May, should contact the Major Incident Room on UK callers: 0800 051 4675.

“International callers: (+44) 0207 459 4500. Information can also be submitted via the Major Incident Public Portal: Public Portal (mipp.police.uk).”

Due to previous contact relating to the fire and missing persons, this incident has been referred to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch for review, the force previously said.

Anyone who would like to remain anonymous can share information via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.