Half a million children have had their DNA
recorded on Britain's
police database, the government admitted yesterday.
The number of people being added to the police DNA
database is rising rapidly, with a total of 667,737 people added to the
database last year, home secretary John Reid said in a parliamentary written answer yesterday.
Of those added last year, 90,919 were below the age of 16, it emerged in
answer to a question tabled by the shadow home secretary David Davis. That was
by far the most children added in any year since the database was set up by the
Conservatives in 1995. A total of 521,901 are now on the DNA database.
Davis said it was an
“extremely sinister development”.
“Half a million youngsters – many of whom will be innocent – have their
DNA data stored by stealth. Just over 100
samples have been removed,” he said in a statement.
“This is a big move towards the end of the presumption of innocence for
The figures revealed that there is now a total of 4.1 million people on the DNA
database. Very few people are having their details removed from the database.
Only 115 got their DNA removed from the
records last year.
The numbers have been rising rapidly. In answer to a similar question in
December, Reid said there were 3,457,000 people on the database. About a third
(1,139,445) had no criminal record.
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