More than 1,000 people have signed an official petition to have Richard of York's remains brought back to Yorkshire.

The burial site of the last king of the House of York and of the Plantagenet dynasty was discovered under a car park in Leicester last year. The bones which were found were only officially confirmed as those of Richard III in a press conference yesterday.

He is expected to now be given a burial in Leicester Cathedral next year. But campaigners in Yorkshire now believe his remains should be brought back to his native Yorkshire.

They have started an e-petition, an official online survey relating to anything that the government is responsible for.

The petition reads:

He was the last King of the House of York and it is recorded that he was popular in and fond of the North and York in particular where he was regarded with much love and affection. It will also place him geographically closer to the remains of his son, Edward the Prince of Wales, whose remains lie in Sherriff Hutton church.

If the petition gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

To add your name to the petition, go to the government e-petition website.