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Body parts held by Royal Military Police

Body parts from soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been kept in hospital labs without permission from their families.

Six body parts and more than 50 tissue samples were reportedly retained by the Royal Military Police without relatives of the servicemen being notified.

Investigators from the Ministry of Defence reportedly discovered the body parts at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, while the tissue samples are being held at the Bulford Garrison in Wiltshire.

"Investigations are being carried out urgently into this matter. The Royal Military Police Special Investigations Branch has also taken swift action to ensure this cannot happen again and are identifying the families affected as quickly as possible."

– Army spokesperson