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Hull mortuary mix-up

Humberside police

6:34pm 7th November 2011
(Updated 6:35pm 7th November 2011)

An investigation has started after a man's body who died in police custody was found at a mortuary.

Sky's Gerard Tubb reports:


Official statement from Humberside Police

Humberside Police were informed by Hull City Council on Saturday 5th November 2011 that a situation had arisen involving the city mortuary .

Following discussions between Hull City Council, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Humberside Police, a decision has been taken to carry out a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding these events.

Chief Constable Tim Hollis said:

"Whilst the role of the police is to provide investigative support to the respective authorities I am, naturally, mindful of the strong association of Humberside Police with Christopher Alder's name and his sad death.

"It is, therefore, my decision to invite South Yorkshire Police to provide a team of officers to undertake any necessary investigation into the circumstances that have come to light.

"On a personal note, my thoughts are with the family of Mrs Kamara who, at this time, still do not know the whereabouts of her body and to Christopher Alder's family who have now been informed that Christopher's body was not buried, as they believed, in November 2000.

"Officers from South Yorkshire Police will conduct the investigation, on behalf of Humberside Police. This investigation will examine the circumstances surrounding the retention and safe keeping of the bodies of Christopher Alder and Grace Kamara and their subsequent release for interment."

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