CSI comes to Penrith

A major police incident is being investigated near Penrith - but only for the benefit of forensic science students at the University of Cumbria!

Full Report: Penrith 'CSI' detectives

Part of Cumbria became a major crime scene today with reports of people being killed and a car found splattered with blood.

Fortunately, although the episode sounds like it could be part of CSI, it was all part of an elaborate exercise for forensic science students at the University of Cumbria.

Tim Backshall went to have a look at the gruesome discoveries, and you can watch his full report below.

Students find 'footprints, DNA and bullets' as part of exercise

"We had no idea of the incident we were going to be given or the location.

"We've had a great deal of practice at the crime scene house but nothing quite compares to coming into the field to work with it."

– Benjamin Aitken, Forensic Science student, University of Cumbria

"This morning we were told there was a body found in the forest. We found when we got here there were various different types of evidence dotted around.

"We've got footprints, DNA, even a mobile phone and a bullet cartridge to look at."

– Jason Hamilton, Forensic Science student, University of Cumbria

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CSI: Penrith

A major police incident is being investigated near Penrith - but only for the benefit of forensic science students at the University of Cumbria!

They will be taking part in a realistic two day simulation involving drugs, explosives, firearms and "dead" bodies.

It is the first time such an event has been held at the Newton Rigg campus.

A number of crime scenes have been set up across the campus and in disused barns and fields.

Cumbria Constabulary's dogs section is involved as are a number of special constables.

Mike Tonge, the Head of the Institute for Policing and Criminal Justice, is acting as senior investigating officer.