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Leicester’s claim on Richard III strengthened by petition ‘victory’
8:08am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A PETITION calling for the remains of Richard III to be buried in Leicester has beaten its York rival just as the result of a legal battle looms.
More than 34,300 people signed the online petition supporting the decision to re-inter the bones of the monarch in the East Midlands city, where they were discovered during an archaeological dig.
A group called the Plantagenet Alliance, including Richard’s distant relatives, has said he should be buried in York as that was his wish.
The Alliance has successfully applied for a judicial review over the decision to lay Richard to rest in Leicester’s St Martin’s Cathedral, and public opinion will be taken into account when the outcome is decided next month. The Alliance’s own petition gathered 31,260 names, with 100,000 needed to secure a parliamentary debate on the wrangle.
Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, with his skeleton being found under a Leicester car park in February last year.
The licence for the dig, issued by the Ministry of Justice, gave the University of Leicester the authority to decide where he should be buried, but the Plantagenet Alliance is contesting this.
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