Without a DNA database these monsters could still be on the streets

Martin Philips writes in The Sun:

Thousands of DNA profiles could soon be erased from the police database – despite officers using it to solve countless serious crimes.

A judgement by the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it was illegal for the Government to keep the DNA details of those arrested – but not convicted – for an offence.

But critics say that without the database there would be thousands more unsolved crimes – and cases such as the rape and murder of Sally Anne Bowman would never have been solved.

In the ten years up to 2009 there were more than 304,000 crimes detected where a DNA match played a part.

He then lists “some of the convictions for serious crimes that might not have been solved if the DNA database we have today did not exist.

Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, West Yorkshire, gets a side-bar comment:

MY concern is that the Government is going in completely the wrong direction on law and order.

I have not yet been aware of any innocent person adversely affected by having their details on the DNA database. Actually, rather than impinge on freedoms, it enhances our freedoms.

The rapists, murderers and other criminals brought to justice by DNA – these people being taken off the street enhances my freedom.

Why on earth the Conservative Party would want to try to take people off the DNA database, Lord only knows.

It is total madness. They are in danger of making a massive mistake.

6 thoughts on “Without a DNA database these monsters could still be on the streets

  1. andrew says:

    Sadly, this article contains the usual confused arguments about the DNA database. No-one is proposing abolishing it completely, or disposing of crime scene samples. All that will happen is that the DNA of those innocent of any crime will be removed. The crime scene samples, DNA taken from those arrested and compared to crime scene samples, and the DNA held from those convicted, would still solve almost all of these crimes, including the Sally Anne Bowman case.

  2. Simon says:

    With a DNA database we can look forward to more false prosecutions such as this one:


    Although this is obviously a Japanese case, as proven all too often in multiple high profile cases in the past, UK police are all too happy to stitch innocents up for crimes to make them look good; and will often use the public’s blind acceptance of the science of the time to do so – I don’t see any likely exception any time soon.

    Unfortunately your average Jury of someone elses peers watches CSI and has long been convinced that DNA matches are always 100%. Just as Juries in the past were never told there were other chemicals (in shoe polish) which would test positive in certain forensic tests for nitroglycerine, I have no doubt modern Juries will not be told about how the vagaries of ‘sampling’ and degraded samples effect accuracy.

    I look forward to the day when I will be refused insurance or treatment based on one scientist’s interpretation of my on-file DNA, whilst being simultaneously prosecuted because some other bloke with vaguely similar DNA has sneezed somewhere near a future crime scene and left a degraded sample…

    On another note I’m shocked, shocked I tell you that the Sun would produce such a one-sided knee jerk article, I can only hope that Sally from Essex (24) doesn’t object to her DNA being sampled on page 3.

  3. Tom Welsh says:

    It’s reassuring to know that The Sun’s views are diametrically opposed to ours.

  4. Stephen says:

    Why am I not surprised that an idiot backwoodsman Tory is no sounder on matters of civil liberties and justice than Labour.

  5. Mr Ecks says:

    Very soon (if not already) savvy crims will be selling each other aerosols filled with replicated samples of 1000’s of other peoples DNA collected at random from all over the UK and indeed the world. The DNA of other UK criminals will be esp prized because what will the bluebottles do if they find that 500 known criminals have all left their traces at the scene?. Round them all up?.Plod?.

  6. nina steggar says:

    In 1978 the IRA were told that in the not too distant future the British might have a new and irrefutable weapon in the fight to break them. that weapon would be based in a person’s blood. We know it as DNA fingerprinting. The IRA immediately took aerosol sprays and the like to crime scenes and tried not to drop their own DNA. I agree wholeheartedly with Mr Eck and his views on this one.

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