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Record 720,000 people added to Britain’s DNA database – making it world’s largest

UK Daily Mail [1]
Friday, October 10, 2008

The number of people whose details were added to the DNA database rose to its highest level in a single year, new figures revealed today.

Samples taken placed on the National DNA Database went up by 1 per cent in 2006-07 to 722,464, according to the annual report.

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), which published the report, said more than 4.4million people’s DNA was stored on the database, making it the largest in the world per head of population.

Taking into account replication factors, there were 3.8million different individuals represented on the database up to the end of March 2007.

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Of those, 79.6 per cent were from men, 41 per cent from people aged 15-24 and 8 per cent from children aged 14 and under, the report revealed.

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The database has been the subject of criticism over its inclusion of DNA samples from children and those who were not convicted of any crime.

The Home Office said in August that the profiles of an estimated 39,095 10 to 17-year-olds who ‘had not been convicted, cautioned, received a final warning/reprimand and had no charge pending against them’ were on the database.

Opposition parties said it was evidence the Government was building a national DNA database (NDNAD) by stealth and called for a parliamentary debate on the issue.

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