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Forensic scientists gather in Edinburgh for conference

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Media captionExperts said bloodstain pattern analysis is vital in translating what happened at a crime scene

An international forensic science conference is being held in Edinburgh.

Scientists from across the world will gather to discuss and learn about new techniques in the examination of bloodstain patterns.

Bloodstains are used to determine the dynamics of violent crime, how a person was injured, the degree of force used and the type of weapon.

Such evidence was key in the conviction of Peter Tobin, who murdered Angelika Kluk and Vicky Hamilton.

The Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) Forensic Services is hosting the The International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA) conference at the Royal College of Surgeons.

'Beyond the grave'

Tom Nelson, the director of SPSA forensic services, said: "Bloodstain pattern analysis is vital in translating what happened at a crime scene.

"In the most extreme cases of murder it can allow the victim to talk to us from beyond the grave and tell us their story.

"This is a very prestigious forensic science conference and we are delighted to be hosting it here in Scotland.

"It is crucial that our scientists keep up to date with developments and events such as this provide the ideal platform."

The conference is also supported by the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland said: "Forensic science has become a crucial tool in the fight against serious crime, and COPFS is committed to doing all we can to ensure that Scotland's justice system remains at the forefront of such technology.

"I am very proud to welcome forensic specialists from all over the world to Edinburgh, to share experience and expertise in this vital field of criminology."

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