A DISPUTE over which city should become the final resting place of King Richard III could lead to his bones being reinterred in Worksop if an MP has his way.
A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park last summer has been confirmed as that of the English king. Experts from The University of Leicester said DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch’s family.
Some have suggested the remains should be buried at Westminster Abbey in London, principal burial place for royals since medieval times.
The Richard III Foundation has said he should be interred in York Minster, where the monarch himself had planned to be buried.
But John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw which includes Worksop, has suggested the remains ought to be buried in the Nottinghamshire town – halfway between York and Leicester.
It is more likely Richard, killed in battle in 1485, will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral.
Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, from The University of Leicester, said the bones had been subjected to ‘rigorous academic study’, carbon dated to a period from 1455 to 1540, and DNA matched to a Canadian family who are 17th-generation descendants of Richard’s sister.
Dr Turi King, project geneticist, said: “There is a DNA match between the maternal DNA of the descendants of the family of Richard III and the skeletal remains we found at the Greyfriars dig.
“In short, the DNA evidence points to these being the remains of Richard III.”