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The art of fraud
To the outside world, pensioners George and Olive Greenhalgh were like any other elderly couple enjoying their retirement in their family home in Bolton. Behind closed doors, the pair, along with their son Shaun, were running one of the most astonishing art and antique fraud businesses – believed to have netted them nearly a million pounds. Officers from the Met’s Art and Antiques Unit uncovered evidence to suggest the family had been involved in conning museums the length and breadth of the North, as well as the British Museum, out of public money for at least 17 years.
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New system IDs victims of mass disasters in minutes
A new, hi-tech identification system developed in Japan will improve accuracy and significantly reduce the time it takes to identify victims of mass disasters.
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Written test can improve the accuracy of polygraph results
A new study has found that the use of a written test, known as Symptom Validity Testing (SVT), in conjunction with polygraph testing may improve the accuracy of results.
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Man charged with Rachel Nickell murder
A man has been charged with the murder of Rachel Nickell in 1992.
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Cases in brief
Investigative News
Man charged with Rachel Nickell murder
Father and son jailed
Designer counterfeiters’ recovery order

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Challenges in investigative interviewing
Investigative News
The importance of investigative interviewing as the ‘shop window’ to an investigation was discussed at a seminar held in Liverpool last week. Hosted jointly by Merseyside Police and the Liverpool University Centre for Critical Incident Research, the aim of the event was to improve the knowledge and practice around investigative interviewing.
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NMPB to become a service of the NPIA
Investigative News
The National Missing Person’s Bureau (NMPB) is to become a new service area within the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) from April next year. The NMPB acts as the centre for the exchange of information connected with the search for missing persons nationally and internationally.
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New technology can identify warped prints at record speeds
Forensics
Researchers at the University of Warwick have devised a means of identifying partial, distorted, scratched, smudged, or otherwise warped fingerprints in just a few seconds.
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Making time in custody count
Expert Advice
One of the primary considerations for officers dealing with a suspect in custody should be the amount of time available on the PACE clock. This will inevitably dictate which lines of enquiry need to be prioritised and those that must be deferred. In order to make sound decisions during the ‘custody phase’, officers tasked with dealing with a suspect in custody should have a sound understanding of what options are available to them. This article aims to highlight some of the key features of each option and offer advice as to when each option may be appropriate.
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Cold case science
Forensics
Jennifer Liehne and her baby daughter Jacqueline were regular visitors to hospital. During the Christmas of 1982, baby Jacqueline was again discharged from hospital by an eminent paediatrician and a senior registrar with only a ‘slight cold’. She was dead within 24 hours. A pathologist deemed the cause of death to be cot death initially but histology results recorded pulmonary oedema likely due to pneumonia.
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