11-18-2008, 01:12 PM
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More than one million added to the DNA database as children
Quote:The details of more than one million people on the national DNA database were added when they were children, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Campaigners said the revelations showed how children are being criminalised and treated as "suspects for life".
Official figures show that, since the DNA database was created, 1.07million profiles of children have been added.
This is nearly a quarter of the 4.4million profiles on the database.
Anyone who comes into contact with the police, as an offender or a witness, can have a DNA sample taken for the database.
Ministers and the police say the database is a vital tool in solving crimes, and has helped detectives crack major cases including murder and rape.
A breakdown of the figures shows that the profiles of more 100,000 children had their DNA taken when they were under 13, and the profiles of more than half a million children were added to the database when they were aged between 13 and 15.
In the past three years, 48,500 children under-13 and 204,666 children aged between 13 and 15 were added.
The figures are far higher than previously thought as Government figures only estimate the number of children currently on the database. Official figures show that the profiles of 344,339 children have been included.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Chris Huhne said: "These shocking figures clearly show that the Government has preyed on children in making the world's biggest DNA database by stealth.
"We already know that guilt and innocence are of no concern to ministers, but clearly neither is the negative effect the database has on children.
"It is difficult to justify targeting a million kids when large numbers of adults convicted of serious crimes before DNA began to be collected are not on the database.
"It is unacceptable to keep the DNA of children on record in perpetuity for the most minor of offences. Unless convicted of a sexual or violent offence, under-16s should not have their DNA stored on the database."
Earlier this month a senior scientist at the Forensic Science Services said the database was likely to double in size and contain the DNA of one in six of the adult population by 2012.
Currently 15,000 profiles are being added every week to the controversial crime-fighting tool.
Taking into account replication factors, there are 4.1 million individuals represented on the database of which 730,000 people were never charged with any offence.
Grant Shapps MP, who has been campaigning for years on the issue, said: "The DNA Database has a crucial role in fighting crime but the efficacy of the database is diminished if its integrity is questioned and if public confidence is not maintained.
"Instead of putting children who have not even been cautioned on it the Government needs to ensure that it is used to maximum effect against real criminals and investigating real crimes."
Helen Wallace, a spokesman for campaigners GeneWatch UK, added: "The massive expansion of the DNA database treats hundreds of thousands of young people as suspects for life.
"Their DNA could be used to track them or their relatives or to reveal private genetic information".
Ministers admitted last month that profiles of innocent people could be removed if Britain loses a European court battle in the next few weeks. They feared that a defeat would seriously hamper police investigations.
Lawyers for two men from Sheffield, whose DNA is stored on the database, have asked judges in Strasbourg to rule that their clients' human rights are being breached as they have never been convicted of a crime.
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