A human leg has been found by a horrified worker at a waste recycling centre in Dublin.

Police were called to Thornton's Recycling centre in the Ballyfermot area of the city after the grisly discovery was made.

A doctor was called to the scene and confirmed the remains were human, the Irish Mirror reports.

Recycling operations were immediately suspended and all equipment was shut down.

Police have launched a full investigation and the State Pathologist's office has been alerted.

The scene remains sealed off. A full search of the premises will take place today.

Last August a homeless man was found crushed to death in a bin truck.

Officers identified the 43-year-old man as Henryk Piotrowski, from documentation on his clothing and were trying to contact his family in Poland.

A post-mortem examination by the Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis confirmed the man was still alive when the bin was emptied into the truck.