Petition launched to stop more Richard III tests

Image of Richard III

An historian has accused the University of Leicester of destroying parts of Richard III's skeleton.

Dr John Ashdown-Hill, who traced the king's living relations after the bones were discovered underneath a city centre car park in 2012, says it is ethically wrong to continue testing the remains as part of research to find out more about the king's genetic make-up.

The university has defended its decision, saying the work will "shed light on the ancestry and health of the last king of England to die in battle, and to provide a complete archive of information that historians, scientists and the public will be able to access and use".

Evere since Richard III's remains were found there has been a campaign for them to be buried in Yorkshire.