Inquiry ordered into DNA disc blunder – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 21st, 2008 in data protection, DNA, news by sally

“The Attorney General has ordered an inquiry into a ‘catastrophic’ blunder that allowed foreign criminals to commit crimes in Britain.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2008

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CPS admits disc of suspects’ DNA was ‘mislaid’ for a year – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2008 in Crown Prosecution Service, data protection, DNA, news by sally

“The government last night faced fresh embarrassment over lost personal data, after admitting that a disc containing the DNA details of thousands of suspected foreign criminals was mislaid for a year.”

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The Guardian, 20th February 2008

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Police may have to discard DNA samples – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2008 in data protection, DNA, news by sally

“Sweeping changes in the way DNA is stored on Britain’s national database are likely to be introduced following an ethical review. The first move would prevent police from indefinitely storing DNA samples provided voluntarily by witnesses to eliminate themselves from investigations, a move that would affect thousands of people.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2008

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Defence lawyers ready to seize on DNA doubts – The Times

Posted January 24th, 2008 in DNA, news by sally

“Dozens of serious criminal cases, including prosecutions for murder, rape and terrorist offences, could be in jeopardy because of growing uncertainty over a controversial DNA technique. The Times has discovered that prosecuting authorities in different parts of Britain have adopted contradictory positions on the use of the Low Copy Number (LCN) method of DNA testing, which was heavily criticised by a judge in the Omagh bombing case last month.”

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The Times, 24th January 2008

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Review of the use of Low Copy Number DNA analysis in current cases: CPS statement – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 16th, 2008 in DNA, reports by sally

“The judgment in the Omagh bombing case, R v Hoey, was handed down on the 20th December 2007.

The Judge expressed concerns about Low Copy Number (LCN) DNA analysis, conducted by the Forensic Science Service Ltd (FSS), which was adduced in evidence. In particular he expressed concerns about the extent to which the scientific validity of the technique had been demonstrated.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th January 2008

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Police resume use of DNA method – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2008 in DNA, news, police by sally

“Police forces in England and Wales are to resume using Low Copy Number (LCN) DNA testing techniques.”

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BBC News, 14th January 2008

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Police DNA data review launched – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2008 in data protection, DNA, news by sally

“The government has launched an inquiry into the way the national police DNA database is used to fight crime.”

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BBC News, 9th January 2008

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Civil rights fears over DNA “census” – The Observer

Posted January 3rd, 2008 in DNA, news by sally

“More than 100,000 people, including children as young as 10, will be asked to provide saliva tests and DNA samples in a new annual survey of the lives, behaviour and beliefs of people in the United Kingdom.”

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The Observer, 30th December 2007

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Innocents fear DNA database errors – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2007 in DNA, news, police by sally

“Thousands of people could be accused of a crime they did not commit as a result of errors in records on the national DNA database, it emerged last night.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2007

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Justice at last as DNA traps girl’s murderer 32 years on – The Times

Posted November 13th, 2007 in DNA, murder, news by sally

“Her sister punched the air in triumph and her mother could not contain her delight outside the court. After more than 32 years the criminal justice system finally got it right for Lesley Molseed.”

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The Times, 13th November 2007

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Man found guilty of 1975 child murder – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2007 in DNA, murder by sally

“A comic book trader was today jailed for life with a recommendation that he serve at least 30 years after being convicted of the murder of schoolgirl Lesley Molseed more than three decades ago.”

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The Guardian, 12th November 2007

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Police retain DNA of “petty crime suspects” – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 5th, 2007 in DNA, news, police by sally

“Suspects accused of trivial ‘crimes’ such as picking wild flowers or defacing coins can have their DNA stored for life on a national database, police guidelines reveal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2007

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100 years on, DNA casts doubt on Crippen case – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2007 in DNA, murder, news by sally

“It is one of the most notorious cases in British legal history, the story of an apparently mild-mannered doctor who poisoned and dismembered his showgirl wife, then fled across the Atlantic with his young lover – only to be caught after a sharp-eyed captain recognised him from the newspapers.”

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The Guardian, 17th October 2007

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Sex attacker preyed on women for four years after blunder – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2007 in DNA, news, police, sexual offences by sally

“A serial sex attacker who remained free to terrorise women for four years because of a police DNA blunder was jailed for life yesterday. Mark Campbell, 38, from Chichester, West Sussex, was convicted of six attacks, including two rapes, which began in February 1998 and ended in August 2004.”

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The Guardian, 16th October 2007

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DNA link in 1975 murders – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2007 in DNA, evidence, murder, news by sally

“Two high-profile murders of young women which took place more than 30 years ago have been linked by DNA evidence. Scotland Yard are hoping that the link could lead to the solving of the murders of a Playboy bunny and a schoolgirl.”

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The Guardian, 26th September 2007

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DNA database ‘puts innocent under suspicion’ – The Times

Posted September 19th, 2007 in DNA, news by sally

“DNA fingerprints of people who have not been convicted of a crime should be removed from the national database, Britain’s most influential ethical think-tank recommended yesterday.”

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The Times, 18th September 2007

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Ministers urged to scrap DNA records of innocent people – The Independent

Posted September 18th, 2007 in DNA, news, police by sally

“The law must be changed to stop the police keeping DNA samples from innocent people, an influential committee said today.”

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The Independent, 18th September 2007

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DNA test that could quickly solve thousands of sick workers’ claims – The Times

Posted September 17th, 2007 in DNA, industrial injuries, news by sally

“A new technique for testing DNA could transform civil litigation cases by supporting or refuting people’s claims that their health has been damaged by exposure to toxic chemicals.”

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The Times, 17th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Equality Bill seeks to ban genetic discrimination – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 14th, 2007 in disability discrimination, DNA, genetic testing, news by sally

“A ‘landmark’ measure to outlaw unfair genetic discrimination should be included in a new Equality Bill, the country’s leading human DNA watchdog will say tomorrow.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2007

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4,000 more ‘cold cases’ reviewed – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2007 in DNA, news, sexual offences by sally

“Forensic scientists are to begin reviewing around 4,000 more unsolved sex crimes, the government has said.”

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BBC News, 11th September 2007

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