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Soldiers' body parts and tissues kept without permission

The MoD said approximately 90% of the 60 forensic items were histology slides. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The body parts and tissue of soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been kept by the Ministry of Defence without the permission of their families.

They were reportedly found at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, while the tissue samples - which were kept on laboratory slides for matching or identifying the dead soldiers - were discovered at the Military Police's Special Investigations Branch headquarters at Bulford Garrison in Wiltshire.

The MoD said approximately 90% of the 60 forensic items were histology slides.

It said a change in the way the SIB liaised with families was to blame for the consent not being achieved, adding that when the oversight came to light in July procedures were immediately changed.

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