Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bag the Bad Guy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bag the Bad Guy

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Byline: Mike Underwood

Surgeons on Teesside are receiving specialist training to help detectives collar crooks.

Emergency staff at the James Cook University Hospital are learning to preserve blood-soaked clothing from crime victims and suspects as it could contain vital DNA evidence.

Detectives have delivered the training to operating theatres medics who usually cut away and bin clothes.

Detective Constable Howard Weightman, who played a key role in setting up the forensic awareness training, said all too often clothing containing an offender's DNA is cut from victims and binned.

"As the first link in the evidential chain, hospital staff have a very important part to play by taking steps to preserve any evidence rather than destroy it," he said.

"The training centres on dealing with people who have become involved in serious crime and concentrates on the removing and preserving of items such as clothing, weapons and drugs."

Detectives have been left frustrated in the past because vital evidence has been lost in the race to treat serious injuries. …

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