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    I'm writing a book and its going to start with a police report. It might be set in China or in the UK, not sure yet. The police report is going to detail an unsolved murder case of a girl being murdered and no suspects and no clues or evidence etc Not even sure if the body will be found so it could just be a missing/kidnapped report. What do I need to include and what is the basic structure of a police report?? E.g. time of death location etc thanks.
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    (Original post by bluemadhatter)
    I'm writing a book and its going to start with a police report. It might be set in China or in the UK, not sure yet. The police report is going to detail an unsolved murder case of a girl being murdered and no suspects and no clues or evidence etc Not even sure if the body will be found so it could just be a missing/kidnapped report. What do I need to include and what is the basic structure of a police report?? E.g. time of death location etc thanks.
    Personally, I would say, time of death, location, any witnesses on scene would be key, time and the situation (weather, conditions etc...), anyone who could be potentially involved, any pieces of evidence that might be important! I would say there should be some piece of evidence which seems totally unimportant at the time, but proves to be key to the case later on!

    Would be very interested to read when later on! Would say China could give a more 'different' setting than same old UK...!
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    (Original post by mobbsy91)
    Personally, I would say, time of death, location, any witnesses on scene would be key, time and the situation (weather, conditions etc...), anyone who could be potentially involved, any pieces of evidence that might be important! I would say there should be some piece of evidence which seems totally unimportant at the time, but proves to be key to the case later on!

    Would be very interested to read when later on! Would say China could give a more 'different' setting than same old UK...!
    Okay okay okay thank you for this

    Also another question, do I do the police report like;
    location; africa
    time of death; midnight
    or
    Victim died at midnight in the area of Africa

    That is very true, China it is

    I will let you whenever and if it gets done if you did want to read it :lol:
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    (Original post by bluemadhatter)
    Okay okay okay thank you for this

    Also another question, do I do the police report like;
    location; africa
    time of death; midnight
    or
    Victim died at midnight in the area of Africa

    That is very true, China it is

    I will let you whenever and if it gets done if you did want to read it :lol:
    I'd say how you set it out is up to you - I've read books where it's just kinda fitted into the text, but also books where it kind of has like a notepad image with handwriting on...

    For the ease of getting it across in a story, it might be easier to lay it out as you've put above, and you can always develop it as it goes along!
 
 
 
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