Take innocent children’s DNA off the system, says Bridget

18 August, 2009 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

Questioning by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that 298 young people on the streets of Britain have DNA samples taken from them every single day. The samples are placed on the national DNA database.

The National Policing Improvement Agency, responding to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Liberal Democrats, said that it now holds over 1 million DNA samples from children as young as 10, even if they have never been charged with any crime.

Bridget Fox, Liberal Democrat campaigner and PPC for Islington South & Finsbury, said:

“Storing the DNA of thousands of primary school children does nothing to tackle crime or the fear of crime. If you’re innocent, there’s no reason to have your most personal data kept for years.

“Liberal Democrats have long been concerned about the police keeping innocent people’s DNA. And it’s particularly unacceptable when we’re talking about children.”

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