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Gloucester coroners court has reopened with super-sized mortuary trolleys to cope with the increased body size of the deceased that come through its doors.  The new morgue which is part of a £4.6m development has had to be designed to accommodate for the larger person, as Britain obesity epidemic continues to rise.

Scott Riddell, manager of the centre, told the BBC: 'The dimensions have got bigger because people are getting bigger and we’ve had to think about that. In New York, one man who died was 62st.'

Conservative Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, 51, cabinet member for communities at Gloucestershire County Council said: "The problem that we had is that people are getting bigger than they used to be and we didn't have facilities for larger bodies. We have gone to the highest specifications with our centre. Some of our fridges have much larger dimensions. They are deeper in the fridge so your obese person can be put in there without it being a problem. There is also plenty of room for other fridges."

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