Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Murder and rape cases are among 80 in Suffolk and Norfolk involved in forensic manipulation inquiry

PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:00 13 May 2017

Inquiry into forensic evidence. Photo PA

Inquiry into forensic evidence. Photo PA

Murder and rape are among the offences in 80 cases in Suffolk and Norfolk where convictions could be jeopardised due to the possible manipulation of forensic evidence.

Suffolk has a total of 28 cases involved in the current inquiry relating to Randox Testing Services in Manchester, while Norfolk has 52, police have said.

The Crown Prosecution Service and the Forensic Science Regulator now fear more than 6,000 toxicology samples nationally could have been manipulated.

This could potentially lead to miscarriages of justice in hundreds of cases.

Two men – aged 31 and 47 - at the Lancashire-based laboratory were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in February after concerns forensic tests had been tampered with.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council has said while the majority of cases affected are traffic offences, other convictions – including murder and rape cases where defendants were found guilty on evidence involving drug analysis – could be overturned.

It is not known how many of the Suffolk and Norfolk cases have already resulted in convictions or are still awaiting their conclusion.

Detective Chief Superintendent David Skevington said: “Suffolk and Norfolk were originally notified of eight cases which were affected by the issues involving sub-contraction of toxicology testing to Randox Testing Services, with more recent events increasing this number to 80.

“This includes 52 in Norfolk and 28 in Suffolk, with investigations ranging from murder to rape and drug driving offences.

“The manipulation of forensics the national inquiry has uncovered has resulted in an extremely serious impact on the criminal justice system.

“Both Forces are doing everything they can, as quickly as they can, to identify cases where there could have been miscarriages of justice as a result.

“The constabularies are prioritising the most serious and pressing cases but all cases where there could have been an impact on prosecution will be assessed, retested and appropriate action taken. Police and the CPS will make contact with any affected members of the public in due course.”

In February Randox Testing Services said it was treating the matter with the “utmost seriousness”.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

A woman in her 30s was rushed to hospital after two men dressed in black hoodies threw a mystery liquid into her face during a “random” attack.

The family of Corrie McKeague will today be out on the streets of Bury St Edmunds talking to members of the public to mark the year anniversary of his disappearance.

A teenager who had to be freed from the wreckage of a car by firefighters following a crash in Essex today is fighting for his life in hospital.

As the deadline for Stars of Suffolk nominations approaches, organiser Mick Parker is looking ahead to the “emotional and wonderful” annual ceremony that brings together the county’s unsung heroes for one night of celebration.

An 18-year-old woman who went missing from her home in Essex has been found safe.

The BurySOUND music competition is looking for up and coming bands to sign up for next year’s event - as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Last week I wrote about samphire on Suffolk’s only island, Havergate. It got me thinking about the abundance of free foods that can be foraged, particularly at this time of year, writes Sheena Grant.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24