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As part of WA Groups ongoing commitment to improve its products and services, we are pleased to confirm that the National DNA Delivery Unit (NDNAD) have approved the advanced tamper evident closure “Ultra Seal” towards the end of 2016 which has now rolled out across the tamper evident bags used in the PACE, Volunteer and Police Elimination Database DNA sampling kits.

To highlight the change in the way the bags are closed, we have included the text “REMOVE WHITE BACKING TAPE AND PRESS SEAL FIRMLY AGAINST A FLAT SURFACE”, and this is printed on the front of each of the bags.

To assist end users further, we have created a very short training video which demonstrates the new closure in action. Click HERE to go to the video or copy and paste the following link into your browser.


For further advice on this product or any of the range of evidence recovery products currently available please contact the sales office on 01621 786654 or mail to sales@waproducts.co.uk


WA Products (UK) Limited announces distribution agreement with ITW Envopak

WA Products are pleased to annouce they have recently been appointed as a distributor for ITW Envopak and will now be taking orders for these products. A range of the ITW seals can be found in evidence and integrity, under Envopak seals.



WA Products (UK) Limited announces distribution agreement with Field Forensics, Inc.


WA Products are pleased to annouce their latest distribution agreement with American based  Field Forensics, Inc. (FFI), manufacturer of forensics sampling and identification devices for law enforcement, homeland security, and military customers. FFI is a US-owned company and equal opportunity employer. FFI has a global sales network; a significant portion of FFI's total sales are export sales. FFI has fielded several product lines, which address market needs in field chemical extraction, explosives detection and substance identification, explosives screening, covert ops, HUMINT and source handling; research and development in these and related technologies are underway.

See our New Products page for range.

30/07/14 NM


Congratulations to John Everett at recent College of Policing Crime Scene Management Development Programme!





WA Products recently attended an awards ceremony at the College of Policing training grounds in Durham to present our sponsored award for the Crime Scene Management Development Programme to John Everett from the Royal Military Police.

Ben Kidd, Business Development for WA Products comments “WA is very pleased to be involved with the Crime Scene Management course, which is a nationally accredited course run by the College of Policing. The course entails both theoretical and practical aspects of managing a major crime predominantly murder but also rape and other very serious crime. Students must demonstrate their understanding of police investigation and other experts and specialists such as pathologists, entomologists, biologists and so forth who can help further the investigation through forensic evidence. This award clearly demonstrates John's commitment to the course and he should be congratulated on this fantastic achievement”.

Further details on courses run by the College of Policing website follow link.


Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Dear colleagues

It is with much sadness that we have to inform you that our friend and work mate Richard Anderson has passed away after his brave battle with cancer, he was 63. His condition worsened at the beginning of the month and he died peacefully in hospital on 13 February 2013, having been admitted a few days earlier.

Richard was a Business Development Manager for WA since January 2005. In that time he helped to Increase customer awareness of our Company and ran an in house team looking after domestic business here in the UK.

Richard was diagnosed with his condition over a year ago, and it is a testament to his popularity that many of his customers asked after him on a regular basis.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his children; Greg, Hazel, Katherine, Anna and Daniel and his wife Chris at this very difficult time.

I'm so sorry to have to bring you this sad news and hope to be able to speak to you about happier events soon. Meanwhile, if you need any further information, please contact me.

With regards

Mike Hopson, Managing Director

Congratulations to David Riches at recent NPIA Crime Scene Management Course!


David Riches

WA Products recently attended an awards ceremony at the NPIA training grounds in Durham to present our sponsored award for the Crime Scene Management course to Kent & Essex serious crime directorates David Riches.

 Katie Robinson, Business Development Team Leader for WA Products comments “WA is very pleased to be involved with the Crime Scene Management course, which is a nationally accredited course run by the National Policing Improvement Agency.  The course entails both theoretical and practical aspects of managing a major crime predominantly murder but also rape and other very serious crime.  Students must demonstrate their understanding of police investigation and other experts and specialists such as pathologists, entomologists, biologists and so forth who can help further the investigation through forensic evidence. This award clearly demonstrates David’s commitment to the course and he should be congratulated on this fantastic achievement”.

 David Riches adds "We are very grateful to WA Products for their sponsorship of the CSM award; and their continued involvement in assisting Crime Scene Examiners nationwide in the detection of offenders.  Without their sponsorship the hard work that this course - and others like it - would go unrecognised.  It was a fantastic event."

 Further details on courses run by the NPIA can be obtained at www.npia.police.uk


Frontline Forensics announces key distribution agreement with WA Products
Leading forensic consumables supplier, WA Products are delighted to announce their latest partnership agreement with Frontline Forensics Ltd, manufacturers of the revolutionary NuCAST180 footprint casting material and EviBUBBLE packaging solutions.
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WA Products (UK) Limited announces distribution agreement with Security Labels International

Essex based specialist forensic consumable supplier WA Products have announced their latest distribution agreement with Staffordshire based Security Labels International, manufacturers of the Label LockTM range of tamper evident tapes and labels.

Mike Hopson, Managing Director of WA Products remarked, “With increasing use of tamper evident packaging in the police and security sectors, the addition of the Label LockTM range of products to our existing portfolio is seen as an exceptionally good fit. We are very impressed with the technology behind the product and its ability to provide an effective solution to many of today’s challenging forensic packaging requirements”.

Hugo Gell, Sales Director of Security Labels International adds, “Label LockTM was specifically designed for the police and security markets, so it is with great pleasure that we have entered into this distribution agreement with the UK's leading high quality suppliers, combining greater product availability and the renowned WA customer service for an unbeatable value added package.”

The full range of No Residue, Dual Layer and Security Tape is available with immediate effect.

Label LockTM features include;

  1. IN-REGISTER tamper message which cannot be copied using standard void materials that normally have a “wallpaper” pattern tamper message.
  2. Material is special selected – deforms easily if stretched or heated, but with good initial strength for packaging.
  3. Hi-Tack adhesive – labels will void on almost any surface; many more than standard security materials.
  4. Supplied in dispenser boxes for ease of use and monitoring.
  5. Semi-transparent material – you can see through the label so a new label cannot be placed over the “opened” message of an old one.
  6. Clear border containing text – this stops the label from being copied.
  7. Sub-surface numbering – stops the numbering being changed without voiding the label.
  8. Counterparts or receipt labels available so an audit trail can easily be created without the need to rely on hand copied numbers.
  9. Coded numbering at source – every number is recorded to ensure full traceability. 

Label LockTM applications include;

  1. Aircraft Security
  2. Vehicle Security
  3. Vehicles carrying DfT SDoC (Single Direction on Cargo)
  4. Search & Secure
  5. Boxes & Packaging
  6. Computer & Cabinets
  7. CD / DVD Security

Contact the sales office for details and samples of this new exciting range. Tel: +44(0)1621 786654

DEW 20/06/2012

LGC Forensics' new gunshot residue (GSR) evidence collection kits offer Police better value
LGC Forensics helps advance gunshot residue collection at crime scenes

LGC Forensics, the UK's leading independent forensic science provider, together with WA Products UK (www.waproducts.co.uk), a highly trusted supplier to the UK forensic industry, is pleased to announce the introduction of two new advanced gunshot residue (GSR) evidence collection kits.  The new LGC Forensics-branded kits are contamination-free, easier to use and more cost-effective than previous designs, offering cost-savings to police forces.

One of the kits is designed for use on individuals and the other for use at scenes. LGC Forensics helped design and develop the kits in conjunction with WA Products, who will roll out the kits for use by UK police forces.

Both the Subject and Vehicle/Scene of Crime GSR kits contain adhesive stubs that are easy to use in the field, more effective at recovering GSR than swab kits and - because they require less processing before analysis than tapes - are faster to analyse. Quality assurance testing ensures every batch is contamination-free. The GSR kits have been specifically designed for processing on LGC Forensics' laboratory equipment; this compatibility means reduced processing times, thus creating cost savings for police forces that use the new kits.

Steve Allen, Managing Director of LGC Forensics, commented: "The development of these two new GSR evidence collection kits yet again demonstrates LGC Forensics' commitment to the development of high quality and modern forensic science techniques. The science of forensics is progressing rapidly and LGC Forensics is proud to play its part in the development of quality products and services, while also finding ways to reduce costs for the UK's Police forces".

Mike Hopson, Managing Director of WA Products, added: "Working with LGC Forensics has been a valuable collaboration. We have combined LGC Forensics' scientific expertise with our manufacturing excellence to produce two significantly enhanced kits that will be of benefit to our Police customers and will help improve crime-solving".

Sales enquiries should be directed to Stuart Wiseman at WA Products Tel: +44(0)1621 786654

DEW 25/02/2010

Clean room & validation
The 3 separate clean rooms at our new facility have just been validated and have now been rated at ISO class 6 (this is equivalent to the old Federal Standard 209E Class 1000 or BS5295 1989 standard Class H) which gives a particle count of 1000 parts per million. This is a higher standard than the original Class 6 validation at our old premises. Additionally, clean room No. 1  comfortably achieved ISO class 5 validation (which gives a particle count of 100 parts per million). . Combined with regular surface cleaning and very high levels of internal housekeeping, we feel that it is unlikely to find a cleaner clean room specific to our industry and invite inspection from any prospective or existing clients who may wish to prove our claims..

DEW 30/01/10

GL Scanner Update
19 scanners have now been installed in the UK. (We are still the world leader)

DEW 8/10/2009

All Systems Go for March 12th 2010 (extended to the end of March due to bad weather)
Work on our second building commences at the end of this week for the construction of additional 20,000 square feet of warehousing.

Warehouse #1 which is of a similar size was only finished at the end of 2005 but is virtually full to capacity. In addition we have also recently taken over 2 smaller units on a short term lease so for these reasons our expansion plans have been pulled forward to commence work on the new warehouse building #2 straight away.

The new high bay warehouse will incorporate state of the art goods handling systems and give us the much needed space we require with over 1,400 pallet parking bays.

With luck the proposed building will be ready for us from 12th March 2010

Lets keep our fingers crossed!

MH 7/10/2009

Warehouse extension
 Due to continuing rapid expansion both in the UK and overseas, we have now moved forward Phase 2 of our warehouse project. In the last few weeks there has been a site survey to map the ground levels and trial boreholes for soil investigation.
We anticipate draft plans shortly and hope to start building this year.
The intention is to build an additional 10,000 square foot bulk store to accommodate our increased product range. This will also help work towards our pledge of being able to deliver next day to all our UK customers.

DEW 13/05/09

Land Acquisition
 Due to our continued expansion, and after only 3 years at our new purpose built facility, our stock holding and product range has increased so dramatically that available storage space is now an issue!
After utilising all of our available space to its greatest potential, we realized that we would out grow our present premises much sooner than anticipated. To ensure our continued levels of service are not compromised we have acquired an additional freehold site next door to our existing facility.

During 2009 / 10 this site will be fully developed to increase our warehouse / distribution facilities by over 35% to ensure continuity of supply as well as increase our on-site cleanrooms and lab space as well as the development of our new fingerprint powder processing facility.

DEW 4/12/2008

 The latest WA Products catalogue has now been produced and distributed to Police and security professionals.
The new catalogue is 232 pages, which is over double the previous catalogue and laid out similar to our website for greater clarity. We have decided not to date the catalogue but change the colour with each new edition (blue), thus enabling us to determine which catalogue our customers are using.

DEW 4/12/08

 The GLScanner for whom we are the UK Distributor, has been on loan all over the UK
Having purchased our own Demo Unit we have been able to place it on loan for evaluation to a number of forces.
There is approximately a one month waiting list to have the Demonstration unit.
It has been widely acclaimed by all users for it's versatility in recovering footprints, fingerprints and indented writing, (we have even taken fingerprints off a mug washed in a dishwasher)
Generally speaking various business cases have been shown to have a pay back period of eighteen months according to use.
It enables the photographic department to process more prints in less time, leaving them available to deal with more cases than at present. There have been 13 scanners installed throughout the UK, making the UK the single largest user of this excellent equipment.

DEW 4/12/08