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Families quiz body parts inquiry
Samples were taken legally, says the British Nuclear Group
Families have met with the inquiry team investigating the removal of body tissue from nuclear workers.

The meeting, in Whitehaven, Cumbria, on Wednesday night, resulted in a support group being created.

Michael Redfern QC is currently looking into 65 reported cases, mainly involving staff employed at Sellafield in Cumbria, between 1962 and 1992.

The inquiry began in April, after the GMB union said samples were taken from up to 70 former Sellafield employees.

Angela Christie, whose father's case is part of the inquiry, helped organise the meeting at Whitehaven County Court.

'Overcome pain'

She said: "It was very helpful being able to speak to the inquiry team, people had a lot of questions to ask.

"We are all trying to overcome the pain and get to the truth behind what happened."

She added Mr Redfern had been unable to attend the meeting, but that he was expected to talk to the families sometime in the future.

Autopsy samples taken included tissue, bones and body parts removed without permission, the GMB claimed.

British Nuclear Group, which owns the Sellafield site, said tissue was taken for "legally correct" purposes.

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