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A CRIME and forensics open day is set to take place at the University of Portsmouth.

The free event will offer visitors the chance to wander through a ‘real’ murder scene, look for evidence and talk to crime officers to find out how crime scene investigators work with forensic biologists to piece together clues.

The forensic facial reconstruction team will show what marks on human skulls can reveal to investigators.

University lecturers will talk about their expertise in criminology, forensics, psychology, law and technology.

Special guests include Hampshire police, who will have a range of experts from areas such as crime scene investigation (CSI).

There will also be a team from the International School for Security and Explosives Education, who will talk about their work with explosives.

There will be a Cluedo Treasure Hunt for children and throughout the day there will be mini-lectures on topics.

The day event is designed to open up the world of criminal investigation, forensic studies and psychology to the general public.

Professor Steve Savage, head of the university’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, said: ‘You’ve seen it on television but this is a unique opportunity to talk to the real experts and find out what goes on behind the scenes of a genuine criminal investigation.

‘We ran the event in 2012 and it was such a success we decided to run another – a family day out with a twist and we hope that as many people as possible will come and join us.’

The event is taking place on Saturday, March 22 from 10am until 4pm at the University of Portsmouth.

It has been organised by staff and students at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies in collaboration with Hampshire police and other local partners.