World Randox forensics inquiry: Forty drug-driving offences quashed Published 6 days ago on December 6, 2018 By Aldin Pinkott Share Tweet Image copyright Getty Creative Image caption Most of the cases under investigation involved traffic offences At least 40 motorists convicted of drug-driving offences have been cleared after evidence of manipulation was found in the forensic testing process. The motorists were banned from driving and in some cases fined, but their convictions have since been overturned. About 10,500 test results are being reviewed after data was allegedly manipulated at Randox Testing Services. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) described it as a “most serious breach” of forensic science standards. Two arrests A further 50 drug-driving cases have been dropped as a result of the alleged data manipulation at the firm’s Manchester laboratory. Police suspended all contracts with the company, used by 42 of the UK’s 43 forces, in November last year. Greater Manchester Police has arrested two men, aged 47 and 31, who worked at one of its laboratories. They were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Six others have been interviewed under caution, with one remaining under investigation as part of what Justice Minister, Lucy Frazier, described last month as an “expansive” criminal inquiry. In total, up to 2,700 cases have been re-analysed so far and two drug-driving cases that resulted in road deaths were referred to the Court of Appeal. Expertise shortage Both convictions were upheld but one motorist’s sentence was reduced. Two other cases involving drug-driving have also been sent to the Court of Appeal. One conviction was quashed and the other has yet to be decided. Killer drug-drivers’ conviction quash bid Drug-driving cases dropped over forensics Ch Con James Vaughan, NPCC lead on forensics, said he could not remember a forensic science failure “of this magnitude”. He said re-testing was taking longer than expected because there was a “chronic shortage” of scientific expertise and accredited laboratories, leading to delays in providing toxicology analysis in unrelated cases of sexual offence and rape. This story was originally published by BBC Share this:Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics:Featured Up Next China protests ‘despicable hooliganism’ after arrest of Huawei executive Don't Miss Brexit vote: What could happen next? Continue Reading You may like Celebs hawking Cîroc vodka didn’t mention paid ad deal: FTC How Eddie Redmayne Inspired Glossier’s Best-Selling Cleanser Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive Follow Us On Flipboard Magazine. Latest U.S. Politics17 mins ago Celebs hawking Cîroc vodka didn’t mention paid ad deal: FTC Sean “Diddy” Combs helped to make Cîroc a best-selling vodka — but he and scores of other celebs never said... Business1 hour ago How Eddie Redmayne Inspired Glossier’s Best-Selling Cleanser Glossier, the hit e-commerce beauty brand that recently opened a flagship store in New York, announced Tuesday that it will... Local2 hours ago Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou has said she will contest allegations of fraud Donald Trump says he could... Local3 hours ago ‘If you Google the word idiot, a picture of Donald Trump comes up?’ Google’s Chief executive Sundar Pichai went in front of US Congress to defend his company to lawmakers. He faced questions... Entertainment3 hours ago Duchess Meghan Gives a Sweet Nod to Father-in-Law Prince Charles Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images A sweet statement! Duchess Meghan gave a... Most Read Local1 week ago Wilder v Fury: Stunning draw in the WBC world heavyweight title fight Sports5 days ago Maurizio Sarri is steering Chelsea away from top four for second year running unless these changes are made, says Adrian Durham Sports5 days ago Who are the two best central defenders in the world?