£1.2 million forensics centre opens in Hucknall

Untitled-1 A new forensics centre has been unveiled in Hucknall which will serve as ‘Crime Fighting Central’  for five police forces in the East Midlands.

Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire police forces can use the centre and they are able to send evidence straight from crime scenes to be digitally analysed.

Beer cans, crisps and even greetings cards can be examined for fingerprints in machines which enhance marks which may have been left by criminals.

There are also chemical laboratories and dark rooms as well as a national database which can check evidence in Nottingham with the rest of the UK.

The machine can pick up footprints that are invisible to the naked eye. Details are sent into the national footwear database which can tell the forensic team the size and make of shoe.

Joanne Ashworth, director of forensic services in the East Midlands, says that the main advantage is that everything is under one roof .

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