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Mobile phones are no longer a criminal asset thanks to a concerted drive by the telecoms industry and faster forensic technology, reports Mat Hanrahan.
Prior to the enactment of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) the concept of a ‘non-intimate’ sample did not exist. Those involved in the investigative side of serious crime will remember it was either fingerprints or blood, which would assist in the proving of criminal offences at court. The methods used to obtain the sample would either be with consent or not, and this would be commented on at court.