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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Police probe over mortuary mix-up. Family appalled at the blunder.

A council has called in the police after the body of a former soldier who died in police custody turned up in a mortuary more than a decade after he was believed to have been buried.
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of ex-para Christopher Alder - who died in controversial circumstances in police custody - in November 2000.
But staff who went to collect the body of a woman for a funeral last Friday were stunned when they discovered Christopher's body in her place.

 Nigerian Grace Kamara died in 1999 but she had no relatives in this country and her funeral was delayed.
It was finally arranged for last week but when the staff went to collect her they discovered the body of 37-year-old Christopher.
His family were appalled at the blunder.
Sister Janet said: ""I'm in shock - this is an absolutely disgusting situation.
Christopher Alder, 37, choked to death while handcuffed and lying on the floor of a police station in Hull, in the early hours of April 1 1998.
It now appears a Hull pensioner called Grace Kamara was buried in his place in 2000.
Mrs Kamara is understood to have died from natural causes in 1999 but her burial was delayed and finally scheduled for Friday.
It appears the blunder was only discovered because her friends and family asked to see the body and Mr Alder's remains were found in its place in the mortuary.
On Sunday Nicola Yates, chief executive of Hull City Council, apologised and launched an investigation.
Now she says the police are being brought in.
She said: "As chair of the multi-agency group dealing with the tragic circumstances around Grace Kamara and Christopher Alder, I have requested that the police undertake a criminal investigation into this extremely distressing case.
"As I said last night, I am appalled and distraught at what we have learned and my first priority has been to make sure the families involved are kept informed and given the necessary support.
"It is vital that the families and the public get a clear view of the facts and understand what happened. A thorough police investigation will make sure this happens. Now that the police are carrying out a formal investigation it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."
"Hull City Council is both appalled and distraught at what it has learnt and in conjunction with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, is undertaking a full and thorough investigation.
"At the present time our main priority is to inform and support the families of those affected. We expect further information to be available later."

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