Bristol Central MP, Carla Denyer, has spoken out about the “unsettling” discovery of human remains at Clifton Suspension Bridge, saying she is “deeply disturbed” by the incident.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that they were called to the bridge shortly before midnight on Wednesday to reports of a man with a suitcase acting suspiciously.

By the time they arrived, the individual had already left, reportedly pursued by a cyclist, but two suitcases were located in the area both of which are believed to contain human remains. Police have now launched a manhunt to locate the man who left the suitcases.

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Carla Denyer, co-leader of the Green Party, and MP for Bristol Central, has responded to the incident on X (formerly Twitter ), writing: “I am horrified and deeply disturbed at the discovery of human remains at Clifton Suspension Bridge overnight. Distressing events like this are deeply unsettling for all of us who call Bristol home and are proud of our city.

“Thank you Avon and Somerset Police for your swift action. I am in contact with authorities and will do all I can to ensure a swift and thorough investigation.”

Her statement comes after acting Bristol Commander Vicks Hayward-Melen said: “This is a very disturbing incident and I fully recognise the concern it will be causing our communities. The investigation is being led by our Major Crime Investigation Team and involves specialist officers and staff from across our organisation.

“Our immediate priority is to locate the man who took the suitcases to the bridge, identify the deceased and inform their next of kin. Specialist officers are ready to provide them with any support they need.”