Fibres – The Forensic Value Of Textile Fibres

When bodily contacts are known to have taken place, transference of fibres from clothing from one person to another may occur.

Individuals carrying out burglaries or breaking into properties for any other reason may also leave textile fibres at a scene of crime, for example, fibres can be found adhering to woodwork or glass at the point of entry.

Most fabrics (clothing and others) will transfer some of their constituent fibres in most contact situations. Transferred fibres represent a contact trace providing potential evidence.

Fibre examinations has become an important and specialised area of forensic casework since the textile industry has produced a wide range of man-made fibres in a multitude of colours. Forensic scientists routinely search items for fibres, preserving lifted fibres. Forensic fibre experts and microscopists/spectroscopists have developed the techniques of identification and dye evaluation of small fragments of fibres.

Forensic Access scientists have extensive criminal casework experience and have carried out fibre comparisons in some of the highest-profile criminal cases in the country. Our experts are also able to carry out industrial enquiries on fabrics and garments to assist in tracing fibres back to manufactured garments and to assist with the statistical interpretation of fibre evidence for the Courts.

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