New ways to tackle old crimes explored at public lecture

Wednesday, 20 May, 2009

Could the case of the 'Yorkshire Ripper' have been solved earlier if modern investigative techniques, such as geographical profiling, had been consistently applied? A public lecture at Canterbury Christ Church University's Salomons Campus on Wednesday 27th May 2009 will explore how modern techniques could have helped solve old crimes.

Dr Robin Bryant, Head of Criminal Justice Practice at the University, will explore the role uncertainty and chance play in criminal investigation before examining how modern investigative techniques would have helped solve old crimes such as the 'Yorkshire Ripper' case.

The lecture, entitled: 'With the benefit of hindsight - new approaches to old crimes', is open to all members of the public and is free of charge.

Dr Bryant said: "Thinking back, I now realise that my lecture was inspired by a chance conversation I had with a very experienced detective, who has since become a colleague, a few years back. I became interested and intrigued by his thinking on criminal investigation and my presentation consists of a number of observations and case studies around uncertainty, chance and coincidence in criminal investigations."

The lecture will take place at 6pm at the University's Salomons Campus, located on Broomhill Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, and forms part of the University's spring public lecture series. Please contact Kay Austin on 01892 507653 to reserve a seat.

If you are a member of the media and would like to attend this event please contact Canterbury Christ Church University's Media Relations Officer, David Cutts, on 01227 782391 or email

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