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<b><i>Det Chief Insp Mike Ashcroft<br>and Det Insp Gordon Denslow</b></i> Proving a confession
Investigative practice
When a missing person investigation received a hearsay admission detectives had a huge task to secure a conviction for murder, and the end result was a lesson in the rules of advocacy and no comment interviews.
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<b><i>Angus Marshall: unused evidence<br>would have strengthened the case</b></i> 'Real' trial withheld evidence from jury
A consultant on the Channel 4 series, The Trial, has criticised the production for failing to provide the jury with all the evidence they would have received had the proceedings been real.
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<b><i>Detective Chief Superintendent<br>Alastair Simpson When DNA is not enough
The presence of genetic traces at a crime scene usually provides immense weight to a prosecution but one murder inquiry had to rely on supporting evidence when the defence provided its explanation. Detective Chief Superintendent Alastair Simpson suggests caution when secondary transfer is used as a reason for DNA being found.
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<b><i>Detective Inspector Frazer Wylie Deathly silence
The conviction of a mother for the murder of her daughter showed how the definition of vulnerability can be used to break down a family conspiracy.
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<b><i>Stephen Port: drugged victims</b></i> IPCC inquiry follows serial killer conviction
Seventeen officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) are being formally investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for their handling of a murder case which turned out to be the work of a serial killer.
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<b><i>Dr Laura Mickes</b></i> Science on parades
A newly-published academic study has found that the procedures used to carry out police identity parades in UK criminal investigations deliver significantly less accurate results than the American equivalent.
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<b><i>GMP officers make Operation<br>Damson arrests in 2015</b></i> Long sentences follow 'courageous' undercover operation
A three-year undercover operation by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has resulted in the conviction of more than 20 criminals from Salford for crimes ranging from drug trafficking to possession of firearms.
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<b><i>The tip-off that led to<br>the arrest of Angela Whitworth<br>came less than two weeks after the<br>launch of a social media campaign. International appeal
When a cause of death is unknown, there is little forensics evidence and the main suspect has fled overseas, obtaining a warrant to extradite a suspect can be problematic. That is where social media was vital in the conviction for the murder of Sarah Duhane.
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<b><i>Professor Dawson: Every patch<br>of soil has a unique history</b></i> Soil sleuths
As investigators turn to science to answer questions on crime scenes, forensic experts are making connections simply by digging the dirt on offenders.
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<b><i>Tony Laud from Police Money<br>Matters presents the award to<br>Det Supt Pete Holdcroft, MPS MPS terror detectives take top honours
A team of detectives from the Metropolitan Police Sevice’s (MPS’) SO15 Counter Terrorism Command who foiled a plan to kill American servicemen near airbases in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have won a top award.
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