Senior AM fights threat to vital crime busting unit in Wales

July 8, 2009 2:02 PM

Senior AM fights threat to vital crime busting unit in Wales Assembly Member Michael German was completely convinced by staff representing all levels and areas of the workforce that the only forensic lab in Wales at Chepstow should remain open. After a long and productive meeting with staff last week Mr. German said, "Any proposal to close the Chepstow lab is incomprehensible. The facilities are ideally located for a quick response for Wales and the South West. Specialist crime scene investigators are often called out at short notice and shorter travel time means that evidence can be seen fresh before any deterioration. These scientists are the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system and they are certainly not short of work." The Welsh Liberal Democrat AM went on to say, "The scientists at Chepstow have an excellent record in meeting targets for turn around times and quality of work. I am concerned that these proposals will result in the loss of expert, highly skilled jobs from Wales which as a country can ill afford to lose. This in turn has an impact on the local economy. "I am calling on the Forensic Science Service to rethink these plans and urge people to support the staff in their fight to keep the only forensic lab in Wales open. I cannot understand why the Welsh Assembly Government is not leading the fight to save these jobs." Mr. German confirmed that he will be meeting with a delegation of staff again in later in the month to discuss progress in the fight to keep the laboratory open and options for the campaign to secure the future for the Chepstow base.

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