WEST Yorkshire is at the centre of a new high-tech police forensic technique which is hoped could crack tens of thousands of unsolved crimes nationwide.
The West Yorkshire force will be one of four pilot areas for The Forensic Science Service's (FSS) new computer-based analysis system which can interpret previously unintelligible DNA samples.
Government-owned FSS claims the technique is a world first which will boost its crime detection rates by more than 15%.
The technique, which will also be piloted in South Yorkshire, Humberside and Northumbria, allows scientists to pinpoint DNA samples in different circumstances.
This includes when more than one individual has touched a surface, where only small amounts of DNA have been left behind or only poor quality material was found.
The FSS claim the new technique, christened DNAboost, will lead to scientists identifying 40% more samples than at present.
FSS scientists believe DNAboost could be the key to countless "cold cases" which have lain dormant in police files when it is combined with existing techniques allowing a DNA match from minute samples.
An FSS spokeswoman said using the two systems in tandem could double the number of cold cases that could be solved.
FSS DNA manager Paul Hackett said: "We've been able to demonstrate an increased rate of interpretation even in those areas that have proved traditionally most difficult - fragments of cellular submissions.
"This means a great many more cases have the potential to be solved and many more families could look forward to securing justice."
A SERIAL burglar who was trapped by a bead of sweat will be sentenced today.
Simon Moran's DNA was linked to more than 100 burglaries.
The 38-year-old, of Astley Bridge, near Bolton, Greater Manchester, wiped his brow with his glove and left sweat on a plastic bag during a burglary.
He pleaded guilty to six counts of burglary. Another 96 offences were taken into account.
Moran, a former window fitter used his tools to break into the homes of elderly women over an 18-month period.