People’s belongings, like items of clothing, are sometimes kept as evidence. If you’re sure you don’t want to make a report to the police it’s possible to request that your belongings are returned to you.
If your items are given back to you it doesn’t affect your right to make a report to the police. However, it’s unlikely that these items would then be able to be used in evidence, due to the risk of contamination.
It’s not possible to have biological samples sent to you, only belongings, like clothing or accessories.
Find out more about what could be stored following an FME
In some cases it may not be possible to return your items to you. For example, if the item contains hazardous material – such as a drug contamination. In this case you will be told as soon as possible.
If you want to request your items are returned you can contact the SARCS using the details given to you at your appointment, or your health board if you no longer have those details.
Learn more about what happens during a forensic medical examination (FME) including what samples are taken and stored