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Join Crime Scene Investigators and Crime Authors at CSI Portsmouth

At this years's CSI Portsmouth, the third year of this increasingly popular event, there is a great line up of crime experts and authors.  In this blog article I focus on those taking part in the morning programme but you can read all about the crime experts and crime authors also taking part during the afternoon on the CSI Portsmouth page. 

Pauline Rowson and Matt HiltonIn the morning with me on the panel will be best selling crime authors Stephen Booth and Matt Hilton with Crime Scene Manager Co-ordinator Carolyn Lovell from Hampshire Police, DC Terry Fitzjohn, Hampshire Police Crime Scene Fire Investigator, and Andy Earl Hampshire Fire and Rescue of the Arson Task Force.

We'll be discussing gruesome bodies and how crime fact differs from crime fiction plus hearing from the experts about their work and getting an insight into some of the cases they've handled. 

Thriller writer Matt Hilton secured a record-breaking 5 book deal for his Joe Hunter series in 2008 and since then he has had a 5 book deal in the USA, a further 4 book deal in the UK and translations in Germany, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria. His debut novel, Dead Men's Dust, reached Number 11 in the Sunday Times bestseller list. A former cop Matt also worked for the private security industry and is a high ranking Martial Artist.

Stephen Booth who joins Matt and me on the panel is the creator of DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry who appear in twelve novels set in the atmospheric Peak District. Winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, the Cooper & Fry series is published all around the world, and has been translated into many languages.

With us will be the real crime experts.

Carolyn Lovell has an MSc in Forensic Archaeology. She has worked for Hampshire Constabulary for over 17 years and for the past 12 years has had the role of Crime Scene Manager/Coordinator, managing numerous serious and major crime scenes. Carolyn currently manages the training and performance of the Crime Scene Investigators along with the Arson Task Force, and provides forensic consultancy advice and training to external agencies.

I'm certainly looking forward to hearing what she has to say about her work.

Fire Investigation Crime TeamDC Fitzjohn who works with the Hampshire Police Arson Task Force team is a trained Crime Scene and Fire Investigator. During investigations, DC Fitzjohn links in with the Police investigating officers, CID and Major Crime Teams to review and support the investigation of serious and life endangering fires. His role also involves monitoring arson offences within the county, identifying patterns and gathering intelligence. He works closely with Watch Manager Andy Earl from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services. Andy joined the Arson Task Force in 2009 as a Fire Investigation Officer where his primary roll is to carry out ‘Cause and Origin’ Fire Investigations in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary Crime Scene Investigators.

Also during the day you can have your fingerprints taken and pressed into a key ring as a keepsake, visit the bookshop provided at the event by The Hayling Island Bookshop, talk to the authors and experts, and visit the Scene of Crime provided by students on the Forensic Science Course at South Downs College.

Tickets cost £10 for the day with £3 redeemable against a book bought on the day.

Call the Box Office on 023 9268 8037 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

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OCTOBER 15TH, 2012 @ 6:24:07 UTC

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