08:47AM, Friday 17 May 2013
Hospital patients who have died in the past 20 years may have had their organs extracted and stored by King’s College London.
Police forces around the country have had to undertake the task of informing mourning relatives that they may have buried their loved ones minus vital organs.
On Wednesday last week Thames Valley Police confirmed it is dealing with 47 cases that tie in with its investigations, in which ‘significant body parts’ such as limbs or organs were removed.
The oldest case refers back to 1992.
In a statement, Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Murray said: "A senior investigating officer has visited the families and given them a full account of what has happened and the circumstances around why these materials were taken initially, and discussed with them what they would like to do with the remains of their loved one.
"Thames Valley Police would like to apologise for any distress this news may have caused to the families we have approached as part of this process and we will be offering them all the support they need through our specially trained family liaison officers."
Guys and St Thomas Hospital Trust said in a statement it would like to apologise to the families affected for the distress that this situation has caused them.
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