Dear Thames Valley Police,
This is a Fredom of Information Request regarding the forensic biology testing, if any, carried out by or on behalf of Thames Valley Police at Harrowdown Hill, Oxfordshire on 18th July 2003.
This Request relates to forensic biology testing of the vegetation. A separate Request submitted earlier today related to the forensic testing of tapings etc taken from Dr. Kelly's body.
Specifically, I wish to know whether the vegetation was forensically examined for evidence of third parties at the location where the body was found.
1. Was any assessment made of the vegetation around Dr. Kelly's body made by a forensic biologist or other forensic scientist? (I do not mean this question to refer to the brief mention of "arterial rain" in Mr. Green's report.)
2. At what time was any such assessment made and by which forensic scientist? What were his/her qualifications/training to carry out forensic assessment of the vegetation? What tests were carried out at the scene? What tests, if any, were carried out at the laboratory?
3. I ask for a copy of any report of such formal assessment of the vegetation. If no such report exists, please state that clearly.
4. At the time when any assessment of the type referred to in question 2. was carried out how many people had visited the scene since Dr. Kelly's body had been found at 09.15 on 18th July 2003?
5. What evidence of the presence of the individuals just referred to did the forensic biologist find, if any?
6. Was any assessment of the vegetation made by anyone other than a forensic biologist? If so, I ask for a copy of their witness statement.
In the interests of transparency and in the context of the recent
Wikeley judgement on supposedly "vexatious" requests I state simply
that I have formally drawn to the attention of the Thames Valley
Police and Crime Commissioner serious failings in the Thames Valley
Police investigation into the death of Dr. Kelly and have also
asked for a review of the investigation by an external Police
In that context I believe that this FOI Request is proportionate
and has a demonstrable serious purpose.
(Dr) Andrew Watt
Dear Mr Watt,
Reference no RFI2013000456
I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 27 May requesting information on death of Dr David Kelly
Your request will now be considered and you will receive a further response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances Thames Valley Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.
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