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IPCC review crime scene officer's work

More than 300 criminal cases in Cleveland and Staffordshire that were potentially botched by a scenes of crime officer accused of lying about his qualifications are being reviewed by the police watchdog, Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Crime Scene officer's work reviewed by police watchdog

Of the suspicious deaths, 90 cases have been reviewed so far and investigators found eight that could have been tainted.

Sixteen of the arson cases are now with the Crown Prosecution Service to consider possible charges or review.

Stephen Beattie, 49, who worked for Cleveland Police from 2002 to 2011, was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in May 2011 and remains on bail.

He was suspended from duty by Cleveland Police in February 2011 and resigned in October 2011.

He faces allegations that he potentially undermined investigations with substandard work, and claims that he lied about his qualifications when involved in arson cases.

Cleveland is now reviewing all 3,308 exhibits handled by him and has classed 480 as causing the highest level of concern.

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