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A demonstration of tests associated with a murder enquiry involving fire
Wed 27 April 2016, 13:30 – 16:30 BST
Susan Weaver, Senior Crime Scene Investigator for Lancashire Constabulary, and Richard Percival, Incident Intelligence Officer of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, are giving a two hour presentation entitled ‘A demonstration of practical and theoretical tests associated with a murder enquiry involving fire’.
In the presentation, Susan Weaver and Richard Percival will cover the Police and Fire Service Investigation into the tragic fatal fire in Freckleton Lancashire, on the night of the 7th January 2012. The fire resulted in the death of four young siblings from the same family, when a fire was started deliberately in a bedroom in which three of the siblings where sleeping at the time. A suspect was subsequently convicted of Manslaughter and sentenced to nine years, three months as a result of the investigation. During the presentation they will explain and demonstrate the practical and theoretical work they undertook, including a reconstruction of the upper floor of the premises at the Building Research Establishment, to prove the conclusion that the fire was started deliberately.
Susan Weaver has been with Lancashire Constabulary for 24 years as a CSI, and has progressed from a frontline CSI to a Crime Scene Manager, and more recently, to a Senior CSI. The roles have enabled her to attend the most serious of crime types and work with specialist performing roles such as blood pattern analysis, forensic archaeology, forensic anthropology and fire investigation. In the last few years, she has also completed courses in Bomb Scene Management, Forensic Human Identification, Disaster Victim Identification, Search for Concealed Human Remains and Counter Terrorism.
Richard Percival has been with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service for 28 years, both as an operational firefighter and manager, at various stations across Lancashire. He has been in his present role as an Incident Intelligence Officer (IIO) since 2005 and prior to this, worked in the Arson Reduction Team with Lancashire Constabulary. He is designated by LFRS as an advanced fire investigator and delivers fire investigation training to LFRS personnel and external agencies, as well as lecturing at the University of Central Lancashire to students in the Fire and Forensics Faculties. He attained an MSc in Fire Investigation in 2007 from Anglia Ruskin University and holds a member grade of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
This lecture is the seventh of a number of free events that are run by the IFE in conjunction with The University of Central Lancashire each year. They provide recognised CPD for IFE members and are also open and free for anyone to attend for their personal development. In this two and half hours of CPD has been awarded by the IFE.
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