This investigation has an impact on a large number of police forces around the country, including Hertfordshire Constabulary.
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire said:
“I have raised the issue with the Chief Constable who assures me the impact on Hertfordshire is currently limited to two cases and I will continue to monitor the situation.”
Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Chair, Dame Vera Baird QC said:
“Police and Crime Commissioners have been made aware of the issue relating to Randox Testing Services and I am sure that they will be raising their concerns with their Chief Constables if they have not already done so.
“At this stage we know that Greater Manchester Police are leading on a criminal investigation, which is supported by the Forensic Science Regulator, and I know that PCCs will continue to monitor the impact of these developments locally.”
National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Forensic Science, Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said:
“We have been made aware of a quality failure with Randox Testing Services (RTS) which is currently being investigated and a criminal inquiry has been launched by Greater Manchester Police.
“Randox has provided each force with a list of cases that could have been effected. Working in partnership with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), we have provided guidance to forces so they are able to review each case to determine if compromised data played a part in prosecution.
“While this investigation is ongoing, we are working with a number of forensic service providers and the Forensic Science Regulator to ensure that any requirement for forensic services is dealt with in the normal timeframes.”
Randox Testing Services Statement:
“Following an internal investigation in January 2017, Randox Testing Services uncovered evidence that suggested an amount of toxicology data had been compromised and immediately contacted the relevant authorities.
“This action led to a criminal investigation and two members of our Manchester laboratory staff were arrested for activities which were non-compliant with their legal responsibilities and our well-established practices and procedures. All further appropriate internal action is being carried out.
We take this breach of our stringent Quality Assurance systems very seriously and are working round the clock to address the issues that resulted from this investigation.
“Randox Testing Services will continue to work tirelessly to support the ongoing police investigation.”
Home Office statement:
“We are aware of a serious allegation regarding an individual employed at Randox Testing Services.
The matter relates to analysis of toxicology analytical data, and is currently being urgently investigated by the Forensic Science Regulator and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
“A criminal inquiry has also been launched by Greater Manchester Police and it would therefore not be appropriate to comment further.”
“Greater Manchester Police have been asked to conduct a criminal investigation into forensic results issued by Randox Testing Services (RTS).
“Randox Testing Services have provided forensic services to police forces, including GMP, for the past two years. The organisation is being fully co-operative of the investigation.
“Two men, a 47 year-old and a 31 year-old, have been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and released on bail until 6 March 2017 pending further enquiries.”
CPS spokesperson said:
“We are working with the Home Office, police and the Office of the Forensic Science Regulator to assess the impact of the testing failure at Randox Testing Services.
“This includes establishing which cases have been affected by this issue and working with other agencies to decide what action should be taken in relation to those cases.”
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