Market for data analysis called a ‘race to the bottom’, with trials failing because of evidence issues
More than a dozen police forces have outsourced digital forensic investigative work to unaccredited private laboratories in the past year, at a time when a series of rape cases have been abandoned because of problems with digital evidence.
The collapse of four trials within two months because digital forensic evidence had not been shared with defence teams has shaken confidence in the criminal justice system and triggered a review of thousands of rape cases by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Chris Parker, 33, sentenced to four years and three months after targeting injured Ariana Grande fans
A homeless man hailed as a hero after the Manchester Arena bomb has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison after admitting stealing from the victims he claimed to have helped.
Chris Parker, 33, was caught on CCTV “deliberately” targeting people as they lay seriously injured following the attack on the Ariana Grande concert last May, Manchester crown court heard.
Manchester’s neo-gothic town hall closed on Monday for a £330m repair and refurbishment programme lasting six years. The Alfred Waterhouse-designed building has stood in the city’s Albert Square since 1877