Gruesome discovery of burnt body in Chippenham supermarket car park
Police were today investigating the grim discovery of a body under burning debris in Chippenham.
The burnt body was found after firefighters put out a fire in the car park of the town's Sainsbury's store in the early hours of this morning.
A police dog handler on routine patrol made the grim discovering at 3am. The body was burnt beyond recognition.
Sainbury's in Bath Road has been closed and the car park sealed off as forensic experts investigate the scene.
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Wiltshire Police said today that officers had not been able to confirm if the body was a man or a woman and that it was too early to say if the incident was suspicious.
Detectives have appealed for help and want to speak to a young couple who were spotted walking through the car park holding hands.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector, Mark Power said: “We would like to hear from anyone who was in and around the area of the Sainsbury’s car park between the hours of 01.30am and 3am.
"The car park is quite active late at night, as people drive through here to use the cash point or walk through as a short cut.
"In particular, we would like to hear from you if you were driving through the car park or if you were the young couple who were spotted walking through the car park holding hands.
"You may hold information that would assist us in our enquiries, so I would urge you to speak to us.”
The body was discovered between trolley shelters in the car park, next to several bins.
A post mortem examination will take place at Flax Bourton Mortuary, near Bristol, this afternoon.
A earlier police statement said: "At approximately 3am a dog handler on a routine patrol discovered a fire in part of the Sainsbury’s car park in Bath Road, Chippenham.
"The fire service attended, extinguished the fire and the area was cordoned off.
"Once the fire was put out, the police have discovered a body within the debris.
"It is too early to say whether this incident is suspicious but enquiries continue."
Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.