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The Brandon Muir case
Investigative practice journal
Brandon Muir was just 23 months old when he was killed by his mother's boyfriend, Robert Cunningham. The little boy had suffered a blunt force trauma so severe that it ruptured his duodenum, and a failure to treat the problem led to his untimely death. Police Professional takes a closer look at the case.
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The inquiry
Investigative practice journal
The death of Brandon Muir was seen by many as one that should have been preventable, due to the fact that the family had come into contact with health, social services and police on numerous occasions. Dundee Council decided to conduct a significant case review, published earlier this year, together with a validation of the review, commissioned by the Chief Officers’ Group.
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Body of evidence
Investigative practice journal
During the trial against Robert Cunningham, body mapping was used to present to the jury clear images of the injuries that Brandon Muir had suffered, without the need to show them graphic photographs of the victim. Police Professional talks to Andy Rolph, forensic division manager of technology company Return to Scene (R2S).
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The eFex effect
This was the question City of London Police asked. The force, like many others across the country, had tried and tested various IT and intelligence policing methods available on the market. The force's answer to the question was to opt out of spending the vast amounts of monies that the larger market leading products command, which can cost up to £200,000, simply to capture policing intelligence onto systems.
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All clues great and small
A number of forensic disciplines helped Det Chief Supt Tucker to fill in a number of gaps during Operation Herriot and to bring Negatin to justice. Investigators needed to learn the identities of the victims, their time of death, where the deceased individuals came from and who was responsible for their deaths.
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Operation Herriot
The discovery of three men found lying at the side of the A12 on a hot June morning in 2006 marked the beginning of a complex illegal trafficking investigation that ended in the conviction of a Lithuanian lorry driver for manslaughter. In what was to be only the second case of its kind recorded in the UK, the operation codenamed Herriot, saw officers from Essex police working with their counterparts around the world to solve the mystery of how and why the men had been dumped in such an unlikely location.
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Operation Pauldings
Flamboyant solicitor Naveen Sagar established a reputation among the criminal fraternity and local police in West London for vociferously defending the rights of his clients – all in the name of supposedly upholding the law. Sagar, 32, a criminal solicitor at Mehra and Co in Wembley would think nothing of storming into a local police station and using bullying tactics in an attempt to intimidate officers and obstruct their work in order to see his clients walk free.
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Fire investigators celebrate 30 years
The Forensic Science Service (FSS) Fire Investigation Unit is this month celebrating its thirtieth year at the forefront of uncovering the causes and often the culprits behind fires.
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Sniffing out suspects
Officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Houston are utilising new technology to help trace the scent of a wanted criminal.
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The Met increases its sanction detection rates

The Met has increased its sanction detection rates by nearly four per cent in the last year.



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