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Sexual assault forensics centres failing some victims

Image copyright Thinkstock Young victims of sexual assault are not being forensically examined within a critical time period at some privately run referral centres, a BBC investigation has found. Doctors also told the BBC they had seen cases of incorrect recordings of injuries and evidence contamination. Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove said the “failings” were “shocking”. NHS England – who jointly commissions services – said it had not been made aware of the concerns. Following a sexual assault, victims are taken to sexual assault referral centres [SARCs] to be forensically examined.…

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Randox forensics inquiry: Forty drug-driving offences quashed

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Police chiefs said the cases were dropped after a “most serious breach” of forensic science standards At least 40 motorists convicted of drug-driving offences have been cleared after evidence of manipulation was found in the forensic testing process. The motorists were banned from driving and in some cases fined, but their convictions have since been overturned. About 10,500 test results are being reviewed after data was allegedly manipulated at Randox Testing Services. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) described it as a “most serious…

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