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CSI Portsmouth 2014 - afternoon panel - drug busting, intelligence and covert source recruitment

Pauline Rowson introducing the afternoon panel at CSI Portsmouth 2014The afternoon audience at CSI Portsmouth 2014 on Saturday 8 November were entertained with tales of drug busting, intelligence gathering and covert source recruitment. Over 100 people packed into The Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Saturday 8 November 2014 to hear two panel debates on crime fiction versus crime fact at the fifth annual CSI Portsmouth.

CSI Portsmouth 2014, which is part of Portsmouth BookFest, is organised by me in conjunction with Portsmouth City Council Library Service. It brings together top selling crime authors, police and forensic experts for a one day entertaining and informative debate on crime fiction and crime fact.

Crime authors Pauline Rowson, Jessie Keane with Roger Wood and Mandy Horsburgh Hants, Police, and crime author Hilary Bonner, CSI Portsmouth 2014The afternoon panel comprised of crime authors Jessie Keane and Hilary Bonner with crime experts, Sergeant Roger Wood and DI Mandy Horsburgh of Operation Fortress, Hampshire Police.

Crime author Hilary Bonner answering a question at CSI Portsmouth - crime author Jessie Keane - Roger Wood and Mandy Horsburgh Hants PoliceJessie Keane talked about her gangland crime novels featuring Annie Carter, head of a London gang family and how her background has influenced her writing. Her mother had gipsy roots, her father went bankrupt, and how she coped with going from being rich to poor. While Hilary Bonner, a former Fleet Street journalist and show business editor of three national newspapers and assistant editor of one, spoke about her keen interest in creating psychological thrillers drawn from real life events.

Roger Wood, Hampshire Police answering a question at CSI Portsmouth 2014 with crime author Jessie KeaneSergeant Roger Wood spoke about aspects of intelligence gathering and monitoring suspects in regards to counter terrorism and the recruitment of covert sources of intelligence and cyber crime.

DI Mandy Horsburgh answering a question at CSI Portsmouth 2014, with Sergeant Roger Wood, Hampshire PoliceDI Mandy Horsburgh, who works within Operation Fortress, one of the biggest, most significant stand-alone projects ever to be launched by the Hampshire Constabulary, with its own 31-strong dedicated investigation and enforcement team, spoke about how they tackle the most serious violent drug-related crimes alongside organized criminal groups.

Afternoon panel talking to the audienceThe panel debate was followed by questions from the audience, a book signing and the chance for individuals to chat to the panel guests.

Forensic Entomology Display, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth Uni -CSI Portsmouth 2014Also at CSI Portsmouth were the Hampshire Police Fingerprint bureau, a mock up crime scene provided by students on the Forensic Science Course at South Downs College and a forensic entomology display by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. The Hayling Island Bookshop were on hand to sell the authors books.

It was a great day informative and entertaining and all set against the fantastic backdrop of the sea in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. I’d like to thank all the panel guests and participants who gave of their time and expertise so generously. It was highly informative and intriguing.

Pauline Rowson book signing at CSI Portsmouth My crime novels are set in the Solent area and feature the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton.  I acted as moderator throughout the day.  The eleventh in the DI Horton series, Shroud of Evil was published by Severn House in April 2014, while the first in my new crime series to feature a new hero former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer Art Marvik, Silent Running, is to be published by Severn House in March 2015 with the twelfth in the DI Andy Horton series, Fatal Catch, to be published in September 2015.

CSI Portsmouth, was sponsored by Bello, publisher Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint, which brings lost classic back to life.

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NOVEMBER 12TH, 2014 @ 6:25:19 GMT

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