|Minette Walters opens BU's 'crime house'|
Dorset-based crime novellist Minette Walters has formally opened Bournemouth University’s very own ‘crime house’.
Furnished like a normal, domestic residence, Rose Cottage will allow students from the University's undergraduate and postgraduate forensic programmes to carry out full-scale simulated crime scene investigations and protocols. There are also plans to work closely with the emergency services and civic groups who can benefit from the opportunity to use Rose Cottage to practice and observe practical investigation techniques.
The facility, at the Lansdowne Campus (behind the Old Fire Station) features three fully-furnished domestic rooms - lounge, kitchen and bedroom - with a small garden and outdoor area, including a full-sized car.
Mrs Walters, who received an Honorary Doctorate from BU in 2005, was enthusiastic about the facility pledging to return to undertake a course herself. The officially opening also featured a simulated crime scene investigation undertaken by Archaeology and Forensic Science student Zoe Kirkwood and Hannah Grey who is studying Forensic and Crime Scene Science.