Get set again for CSI crime debate in Portsmouth

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IT is an annual event where experts get together to discuss all things crime-related.

Now CSI Portsmouth is coming back with a stellar line-up of panellists ready to get stuck into the subject.

Crime authors M.C Beaton, Jessie Keane, Val McDermid and Pauline Rowson will join forces with police and the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Portsmouth for the event on November 8.

The day, being held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, has been part of the popular Bookfest since 2010.

As reported, the CSI session was set up by Ms Rowson, of Hayling Island, whose novels are set in the south. It is now in its fifth year.

Ms Rowson said: ‘I’m thrilled with the line-up for CSI Portsmouth 2014 and delighted that such highly-acclaimed crime authors have agreed to participate.

‘We have some very experienced crime experts and police officers joining us for what I know will be an informative and entertaining event.’

As part of CSI Portsmouth, there will be a mocked up crime scene provided by students on the forensic science course at South Downs College in Waterlooville.

A display related to forensic entomology – which focuses on the use of insects in legal investigations – will also be held.

Councillor Neill Young, the city council’s Tory cabinet member for children and education, said: ‘An event like this helps people understand more about the criminal justice system.

‘It’s an area a lot of people don’t understand and the more people can, the better, because it helps to build confidence around the work of the police and the criminal justice system.’

BookFest is organised by Portsmouth City Council and runs from October 24 to November 9.

Its aim is to promote a love of reading in the city.

Cllr Young added: ‘Anything that can encourage people to pick up a book and read is great. It has real benefits for everyone.’