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More than 10,000 criminal cases may have been affected by alleged manipulation at a forensics lab that analysed evidence of drug driving, violent crime, sexual offences and unexplained deaths, it has been revealed.

Around 50 cases that were due to go to trial which have been dropped over the scandal at a Randox Testing Services laboratory in Manchester, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said, and two road deaths have been referred to the Court of Appeal.

They are a fraction of the alleged cases across 42 police force areas in England and Wales that could be affected by alleged data manipulation dating back to 2013, which could cause court hearings to be adjourned or thrown out because of the need for retesting.

Two men formerly employed by Randox Testing Services (RTS) have been arrested and five interviewed under caution by Greater Manchester Police over the case.

The two arrested suspects are understood to have previously worked at another firm called Trimega Laboratories, which is also being investigated by police over potential manipulation that could affect child protection and family court cases.

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