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EX-COPS SPEARHEAD NEW COLD CASE UNIT; Unsolved murders reviewed.

Byline: By PETRA MANN

A SQUAD of ex-cops is coming out of retirement to tackle unsolved Merseyside murders.

Cold cases will be looked at afresh in a bid to bring killers to justice.

The serious crimes review team will take the pressure off murder teams busy working on other crimes.

Retired Det Chief Insp Mike Semple leads the team as the senior review officer.

He said: 'We will go over unsolved murders with a fine-tooth comb.

'We owe it to the victims and their families. Just because a case hasn't been solved doesn't mean we've forgotten about it.'

Detectives will use modern forensic methods including DNA testing and facial imaging techniques to go over old evidence.

Five officers will make up the SCRT, which will be based at Huyton police station.

The SCRT was brought in after an audit showed at least 22 murders in Merseyside have yet to be solved.

Officers from the SCRT will also review existing murder cases after 28 days.

Mr Semple is already working on cases with two fellow officers and two more are expected to join the team shortly
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2005
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