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Schoolboy Kieran's on the case for CSI team.

ASCHOOLBOY with dreams of working in forensics was given the chance to be a CSI for the day thanks to visit from Northumbria Police's Chief Constable.

Kieran Robison has been fascinated with the police since he was a toddler, but has recently developed a keen interest in forensics.

The 13-year-old, who has autism, owns a white forensic suit, carries his own forensics kit and sets up crime scenes in his front garden to investigate.

When Kieran realised that Northumbria Police's Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) were to feature in an access-all-areas BBC TV show, he even made his mum download Twitter so that he could follow an online Q&A with the stars of the programme.

And after learning about his love for the field of forensics, Northumbria Police got in touch with his mum Claire to find out more.

Chief Constable Winton Keenen then organised for himself and a reallife CSI to pay a visit to their home in Walker to help Kieran work on a setup crime scene.

He was able to meticulously gather evidence that was vital to solving the case, and now his mother has thanked the police force for "an experience of a life-time".

"It started when he was about one, with emergency vehicles and as he got older it progressed into the forensics stuff," Claire revealed.

"He cordons off my garden, gets his own crime scene out and does his own little investigations. He gets fake blood out and finger prints everywhere so he does the full lot.

"After one of the TV shows I noticed there was a live blog on Twitter and so I contacted Northumbria Police about his situation and they set all this up for us, which was amazing.

"He has been looking in the vans, talking to officers, they've been up to his room to see his pictures and they've been able to look at all this forensic kit - he has loved showing that off.

"This is great for Kieran because he doesn't get an opportunity to do this, you don't just stop a police car and ask to look in their car, so we are really grateful.

"I want to say thank you to everyone at Northumbria Police, he won't forget today for a long time and it really means a lot to him."

Chief Constable Keenen assisted Kieran in gathering the evidence needed and also presented him with a certificate and a box of CSI equipment.

He said he was delighted the forensic teams had helped to inspire the schoolboy and hoped the programme gave the public a glimpse into what goes on behind closed doors. It was fantastic to meet Kieran and his mum and I was blown away by his passion for the police and forensics," Chief Constable Keenen said.

"It is great to see people like Kieran inspired by what we do here at Northumbria Police, and it was a privilege to give him the chance to meet the team.

"I could tell from all of his kit, and the way he examined the crime scene, that he has a real knowledge of the subject and he did a great job.

"We wanted to do the programme with the BBC to give the public an insight into what it takes to find justice for victims."

Crime Scene Investigator Kieran O'Donnell, PC Gary Shaw and PCSO Joshua Gibson were also there to assist Kieran with his investigation. | You can catch up on all three episodes of 'Forensics: The Real CSI' on the BBC iPlayer's website.

He cordons off my garden, gets his own crime scene out and does his own little investigations


Kieran is shown the ropes by forensic experts

Kieran Robison and mum Claire with members of Northumbria Police, including Chief Constable Winton Keenen
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 21, 2019
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