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TV crime dramas help recruit science students

TV crime dramas help recruit science students(Posted on 11/12/18)

A Suffolk college has credited TV crime dramas for a four-fold increase in demand for science subjects, Jason Noble reports in the Ipswich Star. “Crime dramas and documentaries have always played a big role in making careers in forensic science, investigative agencies and the police seem more enticing,” explained Suffolk New College science teacher Harry John Smy (pictured centre with students Topaz Postma left and Tyreece Hunt right... Read more...


Randox review reverses 40 convictions... and counting

Randox review reverses 40 convictions... and counting(Posted on 07/12/18)

A reviewof the Manchester forensic lab Randox Testing Services involving 10,500 cases has so far resulted in the quashing of 40 drug-drivingconvictions. 50 further cases have already been dropped. Two employees have been arrested by Greater Manchester Police onsuspicion of perverting the course of justice and six others interviewed undercaution. "Thisis a national scandal which has had a devastating impact on the lives of themany people... Read more...


Listen to Cliff!

Listen to Cliff!(Posted on 05/12/18)

According to The Sun, Sir Cliff Richard “sparked fury” last week after telling his Loose Women hosts he'd rather ten guilty people go free than one innocent person suffer. Sir Cliff, who successfully sued the BBC over its coverage of the 2014 police raid on his home, said there were many like him, falsely accused of historic sex abuse: "There’s not just a few of them, there’s an army of us. I’ve had so many letters... Read more...


Miscarriages of justice through lack of forensics resources.

Miscarriages of justice through lack of forensics resources.(Posted on 26/11/18)

The Lord Chief Justice has warned that miscarriages of justice may be arising because of a lack of resources for forensic investigations. “It’s critical to the integrity of the criminal justice system that forensic investigations are conducted when they are reasonably needed,” Lord Burnett of Maldon told the Commons justice committee. “There’s a concern that simply because of the constraint on resources, there are cases which... Read more...


Supreme Court Judgment on Joint Enterprise ‘Meaningless’.

Supreme Court Judgment on Joint Enterprise ‘Meaningless’.(Posted on 20/11/18)

On January 27th 2007, 50-year-old Andrew Ayres was beaten to death in a taxi queue outside the Kings Head pub in Bradford. Four people in their 20s were convicted of his murder under joint enterprise. Three of them had armed themselves with weapons from a nearby house, including a knuckle duster, CS spray and a medieval ball and chain; the fourth, Laura Mitchell (pictured), claimed she was looking for her shoes when Ayres was attacked. Last... Read more...


CPS, Big Brother is Watching You!

CPS, Big Brother is Watching You!(Posted on 15/11/18)

Following on from our story last month about London’s Victims Commissioner raising the issue of consent for police access to personal records with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), campaigners are now demanding a full investigation into “antiquated and wrong” demands for access to rape victims’ mobile phone data and records. In a letter seen by The Independent, Big Brother Watch argues that the so-called ‘Stafford... Read more...