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Forces’ Fingers Burnt Over Fingerprint Failures

(Posted on 09/01/19)

Gillian Tully, the government’s forensic science regulator, has warned that only 3 police forces – less than 10% nationally – are meeting basic quality standards for fingerprint evidence. The remaining forces have failed to achieve accreditation to ensure their laboratories meet international standards. The deadline for this was last November. “The shortcomings identified do not mean that all fingerprint evidence is of poor... Read more...

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... Read more...

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!

(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... Read more...

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... Read more...

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...