Hundreds attend crime conference in Portsmouth

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MORE than 300 criminologists, crime authors and actors have descended on Portsmouth for an international conference.

The city’s university is hosting the four-day British Society of Criminology conference, attended by a raft of experts.

The university’s chancellor, Sheila Hancock was to be joined by fellow actors Amanda Redman and Antony Calf from BBC drama New Tricks, to give readings from crime fiction including Conan Doyle and Dickens.

Veteran local crime authors Graham Hurley, Pauline Rowson, June Hampson, Linda Regan and Peter Lovesey will join debut novelist and University of Portsmouth criminology lecturer Diana Bretherick, whose historical crime thriller is published next year.

The university’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies organised the conference, which started yesterday, with research to be presented on topics from youth justice to gang violence and prisoners’ rights to vote.

Institute director professor Steve Savage said: ‘Academics work closely with the police and criminal justice organisations and our research is reflected in their operations at every stage of the process.

‘We’re extremely privileged to have a range of high profile speakers from around the world with expertise in almost every aspect of criminology. ‘And we’re pleased to welcome our guests who specialise in portraying the fictional world of crime.’