"Mr Ryan-Williams was absolutely right to report this to us."

A three-year-old boy has discovered the ancient remains of what is believed to be a human skull in Southwell.

The remains were discovered by Charlie Ryan-Williams, who was walking with his father, Jack, on a path off Church Street at around 10am on Thursday, May 14.

Preliminary investigations suggest the skull fragments, found near the site of an ancient Anglo Saxon burial ground and Roman villa, are likely to be human.

Veterinary Nurse Jack Ryan-Williams, 35, of Ashtree Close, explained: “We were walking along when my son found something on the footpath.

“At first I thought they were pieces of pottery but then I realised what they were. I could see straight away they were very old but thought I should ring the police anyway.

“It was certainly a surprising thing for us to find, but his mum was in for more of a surprise when – before I could explain more about how old the remains were – my son told her all about the human skull we had found!”

The remains may now be sent for more detailed laboratory examination, but no police investigation is deemed necessary.

Sergeant Andy Lee explained: “Whilst we don’t believe that a crime has been committed (at least for a very long time), Mr Ryan-Williams was absolutely right to report this to us.

“Any discovery of human remains is taken extremely seriously and a proper investigation carried out, even where we don’t believe and offence has been committed.”

After all investigations have been completed, the remains will be passed into care of the Nottinghamshire County archaeologist.