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Crimes solved by DNA drop by a fifth
Published: 7:00AM BST 22 Oct 2009
The number of crimes solved with a DNA match has fallen by a fifth - despite a record number of people being on the database, figures showed on Wednesday.
Over the past two years, more than a million new profiles have been added to the national DNA database , which is the largest in the world.
That takes the total to more than 5.6 million, the database annual report showed.
However, the report also revealed there were 16,000 fewer ''DNA-related detections'' - crimes solved where a genetic match was available.
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said the database was growing at a ''disturbing'' rate and accused ministers of having a ''blind commitment'' to it.
Shadow Home Office minister James Brokenshire said: "The Government has been obsessed with growing the DNA database for the sake of it regardless of guilt or innocence.
"Yet despite the huge increase in the genetic profiles retained, the number of crimes solved by DNA matches has fallen and the costs have risen.