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Key Forensic and Randox… Is there a future for a forensic science marketplace?

Written by: Alan Baker 28th February, 2018

I have been a professional scientist for nearly 30 years and owned a forensic science consultancy for the last 15 years. I liaise with police officers, scientists, court staff, barristers and solicitors. I believe that I have a relatively informed view on forensic science in the CJS I listened to the information presented by and…

Unpredictable Fires

Written by: Alan Baker 14th June, 2017

Fires are unpredictable things, and the recent fire at Grenfell Tower shows how even the experts can be caught out. Basically, fires burn upwards since the heat they generate causes the air above the fire to expand, lowering its density and therefore floating upwards like a helium balloon.  Fresh air is then drawn in at the…

Forensick Science Part 2

Written by: Alan Baker 15th May, 2017

The recent forensic scandal involving blood drug testing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39860639 and Jerry Hayes blog http://jerryhayes.co.uk/ regarding DNA testing of a gun has once again highlighted the perilous state of forensic science provision in the UK. An associate of mine who worked for the Forensic Science Service, which closed in 2012, predicted that there would be a…

The evolving world of NPS’s – A success for Bericon

Written by: Alan Baker 9th May, 2017

New (or novel) Psychoactive Substances (NPSs) Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPSs) also known as “designer drugs”, “herbal highs”, “research chemicals” and “legal highs” comprise an ever-increasing number of chemical, pharmaceutical and herbal drugs often advertised as “legal” and “safer” alternatives to internationally controlled drugs. NPSs may share with these latter illicit substances common ways of consumption…

Defending a Drug Driving case?

Written by: Alan Baker 9th May, 2017

Driving under the influence of drugs, either illicit or prescription, has been an offence for many years but before March 2015, the Crown had to establish that the individual was impaired to drive. Historically about 40% of proceedings in Magistrates Courts for drug driving were withdrawn or dismissed. The comparable figure for drink driving was…