SIR Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes would have been impressed by some of these crime-solving skills.
Criminology and forensic science students from the University of Portsmouth held an open day this weekend to show people what they do.
Visitors were invited to analyse a murder scene, dust for fingerprints and use cutting-edge technology to solve crimes.
University lecturers also spoke about forensic psychology, internet crime and how criminal investigations have evolved over time.
Student Megan Scotney, 19, from the university’s criminology and forensics department, said: ‘I was quite surprised at how much interest there was.
‘We had loads of people come through the doors and everyone seemed to find it very interesting.’
Forensic teams explained to visitors what marks on human skulls can reveal about a crime.
And students held a domestic abuse trial in the university’s mock court.
Andrew Whyte, 37, of Glasgow Road in Southsea, was there on the day with his daughter Anna.
Mr Whyte said: ‘It’s not often you get the chance to see things like this.
‘It’s good to see the university has such great resources for students to learn about this and it’s nice of them to have an event so people can see how they do it.’