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Govt closes forensic service

HOMEPAGE NEWS REPORTS INDEX NEWS DECEMBER 2010
Original Source: SKY: TUESDAY 14 DECEMBER 2010
11:47am UK, Tuesday December 14, 2010
 
The Government has announced the closure of the Forensic Science Service, the company that has helped solve crimes such as the Suffolk prostitute murders.

Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire said the service would be wound up as it was making operational losses of 2m a month and was likely to run out of money by January.

The aim is that there will be "no continuing state interest in a forensics provider by March 2012", Mr Brokenshire told MPs.

In a statement, the miniister said the service would be broken up and eventually closed as a government-owned company over the next 12 to 15 months.

The FSS supplies forensic services to the 43 police forces of England and Wales and also provides consultancy services to countries outside the UK.

It has been a government owned company under the Home Office since 2005.

The FSS has pioneered every major breakthrough in the field of DNA analysis in the criminal justice system, and developed the world's first and largest national DNA database.

Its status from a government agency to a government-owned company means that it must compete with other suppliers of forensic services and prove cost-effective
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