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Fresh confusion over burial site for King Richard III

Artists impression of how Richard III looked Photo: University of Leicester

The Ministry of Justice appears to be back-tracking on comments made by a Government minister about the future of human remains found in the search for Richard III.

Earlier this year, archaeologists from the University of Leicester unearthed what could be the king's skeleton after digging up a city centre car park.

Scientists are now carrying out DNA tests to identify the remains.

The dig site in the car park in Leicester where the remains were found Credit: ITV Central

There has been much discussion over where the remains should eventually be laid to rest, and MPs from Leicester, Nottinghamshire and York debated the issue in Parliament on Friday.

In a written response to the debate, the Justice Minister, Helen Grant, appeared to favour Leicester, saying:

"My Department issued a licence to exhume human remains which could be those of Richard III. Remains have now been exhumed and archaeologists are currently carrying out tests to determine the identity of the remains. Should they be found to be those of Richard III, the current plan is for them to be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral."

The announcement has been welcomed by campaigners in Leicester, but today the Ministry of Justice refused to confirm the position taken by Ms Grant and released a statement suggesting no decision had been taken.

A spokesman said:

"Archaeologists are currently carrying out tests to determine the identity of the remains, which could be those of Richard III. We will await the results before any burial arrangements are made."

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