BBC
17 May 2012

The Police Ombudsman’s Office has admitted it kept body parts of four victims of unexplained deaths without telling relatives.

On Wednesday, the PSNI apologised for retaining 71 items of human tissue, including bones and organs, from 64 people, including 23 related to the Troubles, without letting families know.

The Ombudsman’s office carried out an internal audit after the Association of Chief Police Officers investigation.

“The people in question died in incidents during the period from 2001 to 2006, all of which have been subject to Police Ombudsman investigation,” a spokesperson said.

The Ombudsman’s Office said it regrets not providing victims’ relatives with the information sooner.

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