Sep 13 2012 by Gary Fanning, Hamilton Advertiser
Probe after council workers thought they found dead baby’s remains in Larkhall
A CHILD’S toy sparked a major police probe after shocked council workers thought they had found a baby’s remains in Larkhall.
Detectives launched the investigation after fears a child’s foetus was discovered while the workmen were clearing a back garden in West Clyde Street on Tuesday about 8.30am.
Officers sealed off the garden, prompting speculation that child remains had been found.
About half a dozen police cars raced to the scene.
A source said that the toy was disused, old, dirty and had been buried, and that’s why police had to call in specialists to identify exactly what it was.
It’s believed the find could have been an alien egg baby which can be bought for about £2.45 from a shop or online retailer.
Before the find was confirmed as a children’s toy, officers put police tape across the street outside the the four-in-the-block and a police car blocked off West Clyde Street to vehicles all the way back to near its junction with Machanhill View.
Following a massive police presence in the street, dozens of shocked neighbours came out of their houses to see what was going on. Speculation among families and on social media sites was that a baby’s body or remains had been found by council workers while they were clearing the garden.
Residents feared the worst when a couple hours later forensic experts in white suits turned up to examine the discovery.
The development led neighbours to believe a suspicious death or murder investigation was about to be launched. But following the investigation, police confirmed several hours later that it wasn’t child remains. It was later identified as a an alien baby child’s toy that had been discovered in the garden.
Unaware that it was a toy, one woman said shortly after Tuesday morning’s find: “The county workers were doing the garden this morning and that’s when they discovered the body.
“The council workers were standing talking to CID and telling them about it.”
Another elderly woman, who didn’t want to be named, added: “We wanted to know what had happened but the police wouldn’t say anything. Everyone was talking about a wean’s body being found.
“The council were clearing the garden as it’s been empty for a while.
“It’s shocking. You would think they would tell the neighbours what was going on.
“It must have happened about 8am just after a council van arrived.
“A little bit later the street was littered with police cars and officers.
“I can’t see anything from the back window because there is a big wall up and I can’t see over it.”
Residents said the flat had been unoccupied for a number of months.
Mum-of-one Lynne Frame (36), who is pregnant, and lives near the empty flat, said: “I was in bed and I heard workers outside shouting ‘oh my God’.
“My partner Peter said that three police were outside and he could see tape around the house and it looked like a body was found – a new born child.
“I felt terrible and sick at the thought of it.
“You only see something like that on the TV, not next door to you.
“Why would someone do that, why not go to the hospital?
“You don’t expect something like that to happen here.
“This is a close knit community.
“I just saw the police in the street. I went to my mum’s house as she only lives along the street and at the time I didn’t know what had happened. While I was at my mum’s house I was told that they thought a baby’s body had been found.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Following an examination, it has been established that what was found in Larkhall was neither human nor animal remains.”