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Police DNA law 'must be clear'
7:00am Monday 18th January 2010
By Chris Walker
NEARLY three quarters of innocent people have been refused requests for their DNA to be deleted by Thames Valley Police.
Figures obtained by the Oxford Mail show that over the last year the force removed 10 genetic profiles (27 per cent) from the Government’s controversial DNA database for England and Wales following requests from innocent people.
On average forces in the country removed 22 per cent of profiles.
Some forces refused to delete any DNA, but Wiltshire Police removed 80 per cent after requests.
Civil liberties campaigners want the Government to enshrine national guidelines in law to end the “postcode lottery”.
Bill Melotti, former chairman of the Oxford branch of No2Id, said: “In my view, if someone has not been convicted of anything and they ask for their DNA to be removed I don’t see why it shouldn’t be.
“I don’t see the need to continually build up a database by stealth.