DNA experts slam Chorley-based forensics closure

Lancashire Telegraph: fingertip analysis: The Forensic Science Service employs 160 people in Chorley. Staff have helped solve major crimes. fingertip analysis: The Forensic Science Service employs 160 people in Chorley. Staff have helped solve major crimes.

THE country’s leading DNA experts have warned that Britain’s justice system will take a ‘backward step’ if the Forensic Science Service closes.

The service, which employs 160 people at its Chorley base, loses £2million a month and the Government has announced an ‘orderly wind-down’.

The Chorley facility was already scheduled for a March 2011 closure, but staff hoping to relocate to other sites were dealt a blow earlier this month.

The FSS will run out of money in January and is planned for full closure by March 2012, according to the Home Office, with the loss of 1,600 jobs.

In a letter to The Times newspaper, 33 leading forensic scientists claimed the free market would not provide more expensive forms of analysis crucial to police investigations.

The Chorley base at Washington Hall, Euxton, has helped crack high profile local and national cases.

FSS scientists in Chorley helped convict the killers of Sophie Lancaster.

Their work also proved that the mother of abducted schoolgirl Shannon Matthews had been drugging her before her alleged kidnap.

The letter, coordinated by Professor Niels Morling, president of the International Society for Forensic Genetics, called for the Government to reverse its decision and said the proposed breakup has been met with ‘disbelief and dismay’ around the world.

It was signed by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, who pioneered DNA fingerprinting, a technique credited with revolutionising criminal investigation in the 1980s.

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12:53pm Wed 29 Dec 10

happycyclist says...

How can something like this 'lose' money? It's not a business as such, is it?

It's an ill wind that blows no good though -the crims will be celebrating.
How can something like this 'lose' money? It's not a business as such, is it? It's an ill wind that blows no good though -the crims will be celebrating. happycyclist

1:24pm Wed 29 Dec 10

Lifeinthemix says...

DNA results can be faked, if we are paying for it get rid.
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Pretty obvious they are depending on the love of the CSI programmes to get the public excited, its not real people it is yet another weapon for all things statutes, statutes serve the corporate over the civil
DNA results can be faked, if we are paying for it get rid. . Pretty obvious they are depending on the love of the CSI programmes to get the public excited, its not real people it is yet another weapon for all things statutes, statutes serve the corporate over the civil Lifeinthemix

2:39pm Wed 29 Dec 10

full moon says...

Nobody is suggesting these forensic labs are osolete, but merely their tasks can be more economically performed by the private sector. Maybe private sector money will lead to new innovations! We live in a market econmy, the government should be doing all it can to stimulate trading in that market, not adhering to a public proffession closed shop mentality!
Nobody is suggesting these forensic labs are osolete, but merely their tasks can be more economically performed by the private sector. Maybe private sector money will lead to new innovations! We live in a market econmy, the government should be doing all it can to stimulate trading in that market, not adhering to a public proffession closed shop mentality! full moon

1:40pm Thu 6 Jan 11

CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK says...

2 million a month, lost, me thinks its going out the back door.

scottie - beam me down some pants with fcuking big pockets
2 million a month, lost, me thinks its going out the back door. scottie - beam me down some pants with fcuking big pockets CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK

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