Speaker meeting 14th March 2016
Kelly Tilling - Forensic Photography

President Tony Beenham thanking Kelly Tilling

The Church Wilne Rotary members and several guests welcomed Kelly Tilling to its speaker meeting on Monday 14th March at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook when she gave a talk on Forensic Photography.

Kelly is with the Derby crime scene investigating unit, having spent 8 months working in Aylesbury with the Thames Valley Police in 2001, before moving to her current position in Derby.

Forensic photography and videographing brings together many aspects of the crime scene including DNA, finger printing, rebuilding the crime scene, footwear and much more.

Kelly concentrated on the photographic aspect during the presentation. The evidence at one recent scene included mud, oil, blood and broken glass with a finger print that led to the arrest. Photographic scenes were shown with a variety of explanations including a firearm job, a vacant home that was torched, a fire scene where an old lady had fallen asleep, a suicide scene and a lady who had been murdered 2 weeks before being located.


Not one of Kelly's photographs!

The members were told that around 200 photographs are taken on each investigation and each room is photographed on all four sides. They are dressed in white suits, heads and feet are covered so there can be no cross contamination.

Many of the photographs can only be described as "gory" and this included many post mortem pictures which did not hold anything back.

The Club's vote of thanks was given David Down who said the club had been involved with STEM at Friesland School a few years ago with this scientific work and said yes it was gory and many would not be able to do it, but in thanking said the talk had been informative with a touch of humour.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian John Astell at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


29th February 2016

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