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Blind author’s novel rescued by forensic team


The Dorset Echo this week reported the heartwarming story of a team of forensic officers who rescued a blind author’s novel. Trish Vickers, 59, who lost her sight seven years ago, wrote 26 pages of her debut work without realising her pen had run out of ink. 

Vickers doesn’t type, but writes in longhand and has a volunteer who types up her prose at a later date (image: MD). The author was feeling particularly inspired and had written 26 pages in one sitting, only to discover that her pen had run out. 

Speaking to the Dorset Echo, Vickers said: “We battled with various ideas until we thought of the police.We rang them and asked to speak to their fingerprint section. They said if there was anything they could do they’d be happy to help.” 

She finally got her completed manuscript back last week after officers, using forensic lighting techniques, worked during lunch breaks and in their spare time to decipher the indentations left by her inkless pen.She added: “Everybody who has read it so far seems to like it and the police also said they enjoyed the bit they read and can’t wait for the rest.”

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