The warden of Lady St Maryâ€™s Church on Church Green found the skull at approximately midday on Friday 11 July 2014. It had been carefully wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a bag before being left outside one of the church doors. It may have been there for over 24 hours before being discovered.
Detective Constable Michelle Lawrence, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: â€œThe skull appears to be very old and we are not treating this incident as suspicious at this time.
â€œWe simply would like to identify where the skull originated from and to clarify in what circumstances it was found.
â€œSome houses near to church were built on parts of the old cemetery nearly 100 years ago and it is feasible that the skull may have been dug up in someoneâ€™s garden. The person who found it may have wanted to do the right thing and left it at the church.
â€œI urge anyone who has any information about this to contact the police â€“ we would just like to ascertain exactly what has happened.â€