VIDEO: Police search area around Derbyshire lay-by after badly burnt body is found

Police have been searching the area around a Derbyshire lay-by after a member of the public found a badly burnt body.

The body was discovered on Monday afternoon and is so badly burned that officers can’t tell if it is a man or a woman.

Police at a Derbyshire lay-by where a badly burnt body was found by a member of the public.

Police at a Derbyshire lay-by where a badly burnt body was found by a member of the public.

Murder investigation launched after badly burnt body found in Derbyshire lay-by

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “The body is badly burnt and police are working to discover the gender of the victim and their identity.

“A post mortem examination is yet to take place.”

Detectives from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit are leading the investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The body was discovered in a parking area off the A628 just east of Tintwistle and north of Valehouse and Rhodeswood reservoirs.

The lay-by is used by ramblers and dog walkers and officers want to speak to anyone who has been in the area recently and anyone who has seen suspicious activity, such as someone setting a fire.

Anyone with information as to the identity of the victim is also asked to come forward calling 101 quoting incident 58 of October 11.