The Camera Loves Dr Will Hutchinson

The UK Association of Fire Investigators holds an annual photographic competition, and this year Hawkins is proud to announce that Dr Will Hutchinson, an investigator based in our Leeds Office, has been named as overall winner for 2018/2019.

His winning photograph features Dr Ian Tatner, also of Hawkins’ Leeds Office, on the scene of a fire at a cannabis farm in Rotherham:

Ian Tatner at a fire scene

Will was also named overall winner last year, for his vibrant, close-up photograph of a lit match: 

Lit Match

And additionally, Will was awarded the Creative Imagination award for the inventive self-portrait of a Lego minifigure investigating a fire.

However, Will Hutchinson has also recently spent some time in front of the camera, rather than behind it. The Crime and Investigation channel’s new documentary series Shallow Grave has used Will’s expertise for their second episode, entitled ‘Bloodbrothers.’ In the episode, Will shares his knowledge as a Fibre Expert, and gives evidence in Court to aid in the conviction of two brothers who murdered their half-brother. Will received a Police commendation for his work. 

Dr Will Hutchinson has a degree in Applied Chemistry, and completed a PhD in the development of infrared active sensors for the measurement of inhomogeneous systems. Before joining Hawkins, Will worked as a Senior Forensic Specialist for nine years in the fields of trace evidence and fire investigation for the Forensic Science Services. He has also been involved in the delivery of forensic training packages to overseas police forces. Since joining Hawkins in 2010, Will has investigated fires in domestic and commercial properties, as well as vehicles. 

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