Police are searching for a young mother and baby after a placenta and umbilical cord were discovered at Preston Cemetery.
A worker at the cemetery on New Hall Lane made the discovery shortly before 9.30am on Friday.
The remains, which appear to be a placenta and umbilical cord, have been recovered and will be examined to confirm that they are human.
Inspector Keith Lee, of Preston Police, said: “While it is not clear how these remains came to be left in the cemetery I think it is likely there is a vulnerable young mother out there and possibly a new baby.
“If that is the case then I would appeal directly to them to come forward and contact police.
“We are not here to judge but it may be that the mother and her baby need some medical help.
“I would also appeal again to any concerned family members or health professionals to call us if they have even the smallest amount of information which could help us.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0287 of Friday, September 26th.