3D scanning technology helped murder investigation

Police have been using DNA testing since the 1980s but forensic science is now making another breakthrough to help solve crimes.

Detectives from the West Midlands are using 3D technology to provide juries with microscopic evidence, previously beyond the reach of forensic testing.


Watch the video and answer the following questions.


A. Choose the correct answer. [Level = HARD]

1. Who is Lorenzo Simon?

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2. Which of the following is true about 3D scanning?

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3. What did the team at Warwick University analyse?

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4. Why was the police particularly interested in that particular piece of evidence?

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5. Which of the following is NOT mentioned about the victim?

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6. What were experts able to achieve?

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7. How often before had this type of technology been used by West Midland police?

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8. Which of the following feelings is NOT mentioned by the victim’s brother regarding the technology?

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9. What is said of 3D printouts?

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10. What is the journalist’s conclusion?

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  • 3D scanning technology helped murder investigation
  1. Choose the correct answer
  • The crime witness
  • Police statement
  • Crime and punishment


This week !
CLASS TEST #1 (25%)
  •   Reading comprehension
  •   Language tools
  •   Glossaries
  •   Cultural landmarks 1-2
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CLASS TEST #2 (25%)
  •   Listening comprehension
  •   Language tools
  •   Glossaries
  •   Cultural landmarks 3-4
CLASS TEST #3 (50%)
  •   Writing
  •   Language tools
  •   Glossaries
  •   Cultural landmarks 1-6



The civilisation part (called Landmarks) must be prepared on Madoc. Landmarks are part of the online material you will have to work on this semester.


Use the following link or visit the Online Training Page on Madoc for useful grammar revisions, methodology advice and quizzes about science videos.


  • If you wish to use a digital copy of your English handout you can download it here and also from Madoc.


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PART 2. Short speech [Level = TRICKY]

You have witnessed a crime, and you are going to have to report what you saw to a police officer. Do not forget to include the prompts that you are given (cards or other) in your story.

a. If you are in class, work in pairs. Invent a crime story and prepare your statement. Then work with another team for the interview. (Team A: police – Team B: witnesses). Exchange roles once you have finished the interview.

b. If you are at home, do as in point a. above, but record a video with your presentation and be your own critic.

Police questionning

Police questionning a witness
Image from 123rf.com

Typical questions that police generally ask witnesses
  • Could you describe the suspect?
  • I will need to get a statement from you.
  • How long ago did this happen?
  • How come...?

The crime you will write about is over. Make sure to use past tenses, and not the present perfect!

In the glossary (technical terms) you will find some useful terms for your presentation.

Past simple vs Progressive

Crime witness

Witnessing a crime
Image from protectyourself.co.uk


Write a police statement
As the police officer who interviewed the witness, you now have to fill in the police report. Make sure that you include all the details that you were told.

Write your text in the space below. Alternatively, you can download the original pdf file here

  GLOSSARY (English only)

Types of crimes

Click on to know how these words are pronounced.

Crime Description
   abduction/kidnapping taking a person to a secret location using force
   armed robbery using a weapon to steal
   arson setting fire to a place on purpose
   assault hurting another person physically
   attempted murder trying to kill someone (but failing)
   burglary/breaking and entering going into another person's home or business with force
   child abuse injuring a child on purpose
   domestic violence physical assault that occur within the home
   drug trafficking trading illegal drugs
   drunk driving driving after having too much alcohol
   fraud lying or cheating for business or monetary purposes
   hijacking holding people in transit hostage (usually on a plane)
   murder/homicide taking someone's life through violence
   shoplifting stealing merchandise from a store
   smuggling bringing products into a country secretly and illegally
   speeding driving beyond the speed limit
   terrorism acts of crime against a group (political/religious) or another country
   theft stealing
   torture extremely cruel and unfair treatment (often towards prisoners)
   vandalism damaging public or private property (for example with spray paint)
   white collar crime breaking the law in business

  GLOSSARY (English only)

Types of punishment

Click on to know how these words are pronounced.

Punishment Example Definition
   traffic ticket speeding, parking leaves marks on driving record/involves paying a fine
   license suspension drunk driving driving rights are removed for a certain period of time
   fine hunting out of season remain in one's home for a certain period of time
   house arrest an offender who is waiting to go to court do volunteer work such as teaching children about crime or cleaning up garbage
   community service a youth that steals a car for the first time spend a certain amount of months or years locked away from society
   jail time a man who assaults another person spend the rest of one's life in prison with no chance of going back into society
   life in prison, or life sentence a woman who commits a homicide injuring a child on purpose

Source: Source: https://www.englishclub.com/english-for-work/police-crime.htm


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