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UK News41 Drug-Driving Convictions Quashed After Links To Alleged Tampering At Forensics Lab

16:40  06 december  2018
16:40  06 december  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Two road death drug - drivers are trying to get their convictions quashed amid concerns forensic Matthew Bravender is appealing against his conviction after pleading guilty to causing death by He was sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of causing death by driving without due

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41 Drug-Driving Convictions Quashed After Links To Alleged Tampering At Forensics Lab © Getty Images Young female scientist working in the laboratory

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Forty-one criminal convictions for drug-driving have been quashed after evidence was re-examined.

It comes amid investigation into alleged data tampering at a forensics lab, the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said.

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More than 10,000 criminal cases may have been affected by alleged manipulation at a forensics lab that analysed evidence of drug driving , violent Around 50 cases that were due to go to trial have been dropped over the scandal at a Randox Testing Services laboratory in Manchester, the National

Thousands of convicted criminals including murderers and rapists could walk free after 'rogue forensic workers tampered with 6,000 drugs test samples at a lab '. Thousands of convictions , including rapes and murders, could be overturned amid allegations of data manipulation at a forensics lab .

The NPCC’s forensics lead, Chief Constable James Vaughn, said on Thursday that more than 50 drug-driving investigations were dropped, with some 2,700 results re-analysed so far.

A further 41 drug-driving cases which had already resulted in convictions or guilty pleas have since been reopened and overturned, he added.

The retesting of more than 10,500 cases opened since 2014 came after allegations emerged that scientists at a Randox Testing Services (RTS) site in Manchester had manipulated forensics data.

Two men, aged 31 and 47, were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice by Greater Manchester Police and have been bailed until January.

Six more people have been interviewed under police caution with one remaining under investigation.

The major investigation into the laboratory used by 42 of the UK’s 43 forces was launched in January 2017.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.


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