Teesside students spend day at Saltburn for forensic science

FAKE CORPSE: Washed up on the beach

FAKE CORPSE: Washed up on the beach

SANDCASTLES and a washed up body were the order of the day for a group of Teesside University students when they visited Saltburn-on-Sea.

Crime Scene Science students enjoyed a day of activities in the outdoor seminar, which included a photographic competition aimed at improving their team work skills and looking at what actions should be taken if a body was found washed up on a beach.

GARY CURRIE: Giving seminar on body recovery

GARY CURRIE: Giving seminar to students

Gary Currie, a member of the team, gave tips on what would have to be done if it was a suspicious death, how to distinguish between injuries caused by an assault and those caused by rocks in the sea or cliff if the individual had committed suicide and what samples would need to be taken.

Health and safety was covered as well as what effects a tide would have on a body and how a body could be protected from members of the public and the press.

The students were also taught where to put cordons if there was an incident.

For the second year, Crime Scene students have been participating in the trip to Saltburn for a fun day full of practicals and learning.

Dr. Mark Butler organised the trip as he believes that having the students learn to work together is just as important as developing knowledge and skill in a discipline.

He said: ”This is the reason why we take our students offsite to engage in activities that are both fun and thought provoking.”

PhD Forensic Anthropology student at Teesside University, David Errickson, was also on the trip and helped to educate the students on excavating grave sites.

David is also an archaeologist and is currently completing his doctorate.

FAKE CORPSE'S FEET: Appearing to be bruised

FAKE CORPSE’S FEET: Appearing to be bruised


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  1. Hi Colin. You’re right. Nature recolonises these plcaes much swifter than people tend to think. I was up in Coledale, near Keswick, a couple of months ago, poking around Force Crag Mine. The lowest entrance tunnel, Zero Level, which is right on the track, looks like it was abandoned and collapsed way back in the early years of the last century – when in fact it was still being worked in the 1990s. But the timbers have rotted, the scree has swept in, and plants have taken over the old trackbed. Incidentally, if you glance down the sidebar on this page you’ll see a picture of two people pushing an ore tub out of that very tunnel. But nature has taken over with a vengeance. Keep taking the pictures.

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