Monday, 17 March 2008

Children to be added to Britain's DNA database

Mark Townsend and Anushka Asthana in The Observer, March 16 2008 report on the burgeoning DNA database. Now the police are looking to capture data on children who might be thought by someone to be a potential future criminal.

Gary Pugh, director of forensic sciences at Scotland Yard and the new DNA spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said a debate was needed on how far Britain should go in identifying potential offenders, given that some experts believe it is possible to identify future offending traits in children as young as five.

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