Police to continue to hold DNA of innocent people

Chief constables are to carry on refusing requests to delete the DNA profiles of arrested people released without charge, while a fresh political battle is waged over how long the details should remain on the database.

Home Office ministers confirmed they want to see the DNA profiles of innocent people kept on the national database for six years, after failing to persuade parliament to back a longer period of up to 12 years for the most serious offences. But senior Labour backbenchers, alongside Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, made clear tonight that they did not believe the government climbdown on DNA went far enough.

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