A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after human remains were found in a country park, say police.

Officers were called to Reddish Vale Country Park in Stockport, Greater Manchester, after a member of the public made the discovery at about 10.30am on Monday.

Investigators believe the remains were those of a woman in her 40s and that it was an "isolated incident", but additional patrols will be in the area this week.

Police said in a statement the woman's next of kin had been notified and was being supported by specialist officers.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody for questioning as of Tuesday morning.

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Greater Manchester Police have launched a murder investigation

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "At around 10.30am on Monday 25 May 2020, police were called to reports that a member of the public had found human remains in Reddish Vale Country Park.

"Officers attended and an investigation was launched.

"Enquiries have led officers to believe that the remains belong to a woman in her 40s.

Police were called after a member of the public found human remains

Her next of kin have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.

"A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody for questioning."

Detective Superintendent Neil Jones, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This is an absolutely devastating incident.

"First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones and specialist officers will do everything they can to support them.

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“Understandably, this news may cause concern within the community but I would like to provide some reassurance by saying that, at this time, we believe that this was an isolated incident.

"Nevertheless, there will be increased patrols in the area in the coming days and I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak to those officers.

“Our investigation is in the early stages and, whilst a suspect is in custody being questioned, I would like to use this opportunity to appeal to anyone with information which may assist us with our enquiries to get in touch without delay.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3400 quoting incident 913 of 25/05/20 or the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.