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Eight out of 10 police forces are unaware of guidance on evidence retention

(Posted on 25/11/20)


The failure by police forces to properly store evidence ‘risks wrongful convictions’, according to a charity investigating miscarriages of justice.

Freedom of Information requests made by Inside Justice revealed that eight out of 10 police forces in England and Wales were not aware of the relevant guidance. The National Police Chiefs’ Council guidance, published by the Home Office in 2019, sets out the requirements regarding the storage, retention and destruction of records and materials that have been seized for forensic examination.

The charity, which was founded by the journalist Louise Shorter, has released a short film highlighting the issue, seeking to pressure the police to adhere to guidance around post-conviction storage and retention of evidence collected. The six minute film (What happens when evidence isn’t kept?) includes an appearance by the daughter of Roger Kearney, who is serving life in prison for a 2010 murder he says he did not do.

You can read the full article in The Justice Gap  

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