Monkey Dust mayhem: the English city reportedly at the centre of a drug-fuelled ‘epidemic’

Sarah Page, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, has written an article about the reported Monkey Dust epidemic for The Conversation. “Our ongoing research raises questions about how widespread and localised use of the drug really is.” You can read the full article here

You can also watch Sarah discussing this on our YouTube Playlist here

Healthy Relationships Education Offers a Real Chance to Reduce Domestic Violence

As part of the new-style sex education curriculum, school pupils will soon start learning about healthy intimate relationships – which could help to significantly reduce future domestic abuse in the UK. In recent research we did on this issue we spoke to various professionals who work with victims of domestic abuse. One of them told us that they believe healthy relationships education needs to be “taught in schools from a young age”.

Read Sarah Page and Dr Em Temple-Malt’s full article for The Conversation here.

We’ve Discovered a Way to Recover DNA From Fingerprints without Destroying Them

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science, Dr Sarah Fieldhouse, has written a piece for The Conversation about discovering a way to recover DNA from fingerprints without destroying them.

“Fingerprints hold a lot more information than you might realise. They don’t just provide a pattern with which to identify people. They can also contain DNA. And as neither DNA nor fingerprints are infallible ways of working out who was at a location, combining both pieces of evidence could be vital for investigators.

The problem is that forensic scientists usually have to choose between one or the other, as recovering DNA can mean destroying the fingerprint and vice versa. However, my colleagues and I have discovered a new method that could collect both types of evidence at once.” Read the full article here.

The Science that Could Revolutionise Time Measurements in Forensic Investigations

Dr Graham Williams, Head of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, discusses how new research ‘findings have made great contributions to the area of “temporal forensics”, some of which could vastly improve our understanding of what happens to our bodies after we die’. The full article, on The Conversation, can be accessed here.

Spike in London Murders Can’t Be Reversed By New York-Style Police Crackdown Alone

With the media focus on the rise in London murders, Professor James Treadwell has written an article, for The Conversation, addressing the issues surrounding the comparisons with murders in New York. 

“A spike in murders in London that saw more people killed in the city in February and March than in New York, has provided newspapers with some sensational headlines. […] While comparisons between murders in New York and London make for a good story, simplistic headlines based on one-dimensional readings of statistics can be seriously misleading”. Read the full article on here.

McMafia is Not What Most Organised Crime in Britain Really Looks Like

‘McMafia’s unremitting focus on business and financial jargon has helped to challenge the portrayal of organised crime as being all about blue-collar crimes related to drugs importation and people smuggling. McMafia is instead rooted in the white-collar crimes associated with corporate finance. That is laudable. Yet despite this, the show continues the trend of showing organised crime through the prism of globalisation, technological shifts and international criminal networks. By doing so, it paints a partial and, frankly, traditional picture.’ – Read Professor James Treadwell (Staffordshire University) and David Wilson’s (Birmingham City University) full article on The Conversation

Five Facts You Should Know About London’s Moped Crime Surge

Criminology Professor, James Treadwell, has written an article for The Conversation about the rise in moped-related crime in London.

“The metropolitan police recorded 1,053 moped-linked offences in 2014 which rose to 4,647 in 2015. In the year from June 2016 to 2017, they recorded 16,158.” 

You can read the full article, ‘Five facts you should know about London’s moped crime surge, according to an expert in criminology’, on The Conversation here.

 

Join in The Conversation: Taxing Plastic Takeaway Boxes

“This week, the UK Government will discuss the possibility of introducing taxes on single-use plastic items”. Associate Professor, Dr Claire Gwinnett has written a piece for The Conversation, detailing why she believes we should ‘Tax Plastic Takeaway Boxes‘.