Category Archives: Greater Manchester

Police outsource digital forensic work to unaccredited labs

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.

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Source: gadt

Manchester attack homeless 'hero' jailed for theft from victims

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.

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Source: gad