From Under the Microscope to Under the Hammer

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Troostwijk Auctions have confirmed their instruction by the Forensic Science Service (FSS) to conduct an unprecedented online auction sale of forensic science equipment. On Thursday 7th April the virtual hammer will fall on hundreds of nearly new analytical instruments and specialist forensic science equipment as part of the FSS’s ongoing transformation.

In October 2009, the FSS initiated a radical programme to deliver a reduced footprint and headcount, to improve efficiency and customer service. As part of this initiative the closure of the Birmingham, Chepstow and Chorley facilities has been scheduled for some time. Services from these sites have already been transferred to remaining FSS sites.

Troostwijk President, Wim Dieker said
“We are delighted to have been selected by the Forensic Science Service to conduct this sale. The FSS has pioneered every major breakthrough in the field of DNA analysis in the criminal justice system and has brought ground-breaking techniques to crime fighting. As you would expect their scientists have used the latest and most advanced equipment to help them achieve this. This auction sale represents an opportunity for other forensic science laboratories and research centres to acquire state of the art technology for a fraction of the original purchase price.”

Troostwijk Auction’s UK Managing Director James Hague commented
“We believe this is the first sale of its kind anywhere in the world. The vast array of exceptional quality equipment will attract interest from domestic and international buyers. Whilst some of the equipment is specialist to the forensic science fields, including comparison microscopes for bullet and fibre analysis and GRIMs equipment for refractive index analysis, there are also hundreds of lots which will appeal to a wider audience working in a laboratory setting such as HPLC's, gas chromatographs, microscopes and laboratory furniture.”

The government’s announcement in December 2010 to initiate a reorganisation of the provision of forensic science has left the FSS with an uncertain future. The remaining FSS facilities in London, Cambridgeshire, the Midlands and Yorkshire continue to provide services to the 43 police forces of England and Wales, as well as consultancy services on scientific technology to countries outside the UK.

Supplementary Information
In addition to 2 scanning electron microscopes Troostwijk Auctions are selling high power microscopes by Nikon, Leica, Leitz and Zeiss including laser capture micro dissection microscopes, micro spectrophotometer microscopes, forensic solution comparison microscopes, GRIM microscopes for refractive index measurement, birefringence microscope for fibre analysis, twin stage comparison microscopes for bullet and fibre comparison, twin head training microscopes, microscopes with image processing for paint analysis and microscopes with polarising, UV and halogen lights plus over 65 Nikon low power microscopes with Schott light sources.

About Troostwijk Auctions
Troostwijk Auctions is Europe’s largest industrial auctioneer, with operating offices in 16 countries and a workforce of over 150 personnel. Operating across all industrial sectors from metalworking and construction to food processing and pharmaceutical. Since their establishment in 1930 Troostwijk Auctions has undertaken more than 10,000 successful sales. With a full range of disposal services from online auctions to live webcast auctions Troostwijk have served clients such as Visteon, Delphi, Swissair, Bernard Matthews and Intendis.

About Forensic Science Service Limited
1. The Forensic Science Service is the largest provider in the market and has pioneered every major breakthrough in the field of DNA analysis in the criminal justice system. The company developed and implemented the world’s first and largest National DNA database and offers an unparalleled breadth of analysis and interpretation skills.

2. The company changed status from a government agency to become a government-owned company in 2005. As a limited company, it now bids for work alongside other competing forensic service providers and must be able to demonstrate that it can offer the rigorous quality standards, cost effectiveness and prompt response demanded by police customers.

3. The principle role of the FSS is to support the police by providing them with the expert analysis and interpretation of evidence needed to progress an investigation. As a direct provider to the 43 police forces of England and Wales, the FSS recently implemented a significant restructuring, to reduce headcount, capacity and footprint, in line with changing police requirements.

Press Enquiries Troostwijk Auctions:
SBL Media
Contact: Susan Bromwich
Tel: 0845 116 2313
Mobile: 07957 349 785

Press Enquiries Forensic Science Service:
Kay Francis, Director of Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 121 329 8581     Mobile: +44 (0) 7867 537 779

Lisa Palmer, Chief Press Officer
Tel: +44 (0) 121 329 5225     Mobile: +44 (0) 7808 682 659

Laura Mander, Press Officer
Tel: +44 (0) 121 329 5293    Mobile: +44 (0) 7900 053 555


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