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Remains of third victim found at Oldham mill

Specialist teams have been searching the remnants of the mill. Image credit: Greater Manchester Police.

The remains of a third victim have been discovered at a demolished mill in Oldham, police have confirmed. 

Specialist officers searching the remnants of Bismark House Mill, on Bower Street, have recovered further human remains, indicating a third victim.

The first was discovered by demolition workers on 23 July, which led to Greater Manchester Police declaring a major incident.

It came two days after police received a report that four Vietnamese nationals had been missing since 7 May - when the mill was subject to a huge fire. 

Firefighters believed that nobody was inside at the time but it is now thought that the four Vietnamese nationals may have been inside. 

The remains of a second victim were then found on 27 July. 

In an update issued on Thursday (4 August), Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, GMP’s Victim Identification lead, said: “I speak on behalf of all involved in this operation when I say that our thoughts are with the potential family members in Vietnam. Specially-trained officers have been in direct contact with them and continue to liaise with partner agencies to ensure they are fully updated and supported.

“At the scene, extensive search and recovery work continues to ensure any further remains are respectfully recovered. Meanwhile, the investigation team is following several lines of enquiry relating to the fire and activities at the mill beforehand. Any criminal offences identified as part of their investigation will be progressed immediately and appropriately.

“Anyone with information which may assist us should contact Greater Manchester Police or Crimestoppers, anonymously.”

Anyone with information should contact Greater Manchester Police via 101. In an emergency, always dial 999. International callers can contact GMP via +441618725050. Information can also be submitted in English or Vietnamese via the Major Incident Public Portal: Public Portal (mipp.police.uk)

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

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