A SHOCK discovery of human bones left lying in a graveyard is to be investigated by the country’s top legal experts.

THE discovery of human bones found lying on the ground in a graveyard is to be investigated by the country's top legal experts.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been contacted after Dan Sly and his family stumbled across human bones which had been unearthed by rabbits in Colne's old churchyard.

Concerned by the discovery, Huntingdonshire District Council has contact the ministry to find out what it should do to rectify the situation.

It has sent teams out to fix problems caused by rabbit warrens but admits: "As far as we are concerned, we don't know what to do about the bones.

"We are speaking to the MoJ and church authorities to work out what should be done about the bones and how they should be dealt with," a spokesman added.

According the Colne Parish Council, the problem has beset the Old Church Lane area for years.

"It has been a problem for a very long time," clerk Tony Akers said. "The rabbits have been there for ages and it appears they have been very active again."

HDC has responsibility for the maintenance of the grass and pathways in the graveyard. It has promised to cover up any unearthed bits of ground while it awaits central Government instructions on how to deal with the bones.

Mr Sly was walking with his children and nephews when their dog alerted them to the human bones.

Last week he told The Hunts Post: "I wouldn't like to take the children up there again because you never know what you are going to find."