North Korea hands over remains of British pilot

The remains of a British pilot shot down during the Korean War have been handed over, the government said yesterday.

British officials in Panmunjom, in the demilitarised zone, have been given the remains of Desmond Frederick William Hinton. The British embassy in Seoul said they will be sent to an American facility for forensic testing.

North Korea said Britain had asked, at the behest of Mr Hinton's family, for the body be exhumed and given to them.

The airman was shot down in 1952 while on a bombing run.