Members of the 4th Mechanised Brigade at Bulford in Wiltshire are preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan. They have been carrying out exercises on their training ground on Salisbury Plain.
The Ministry of Defence is investigating reports that body parts and tissues from soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been kept without families' permission. The body parts were discovered at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Tissue samples were found at Bulford Garrison in Salisbury.
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.
– Army spokesperson
"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."