UK cops hold onto 500 body parts

2012-05-21 22:39

London - An audit shows that UK police are holding on to nearly 500 body parts they no longer need to keep for criminal justice reasons.

The Association of Chief Police Officers said on Monday that an investigation had determined that forces across the country are holding on to 492 organs or other body parts relating to historical cases stretching as far back as 1960.

Much of the tissue was located in storage facilities at crime scene offices and specialised mortuaries.

Police forces across the world routinely keep human tissue after autopsies in case physical evidence needs to be re-examined or re-evaluated, but the UK association says it long lacked clear policies for disposing of remains from closed cases.