Row over innocent boy's DNA

PUBLISHED: 17:48 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

Alex Digby

Alex Digby

A TEENAGE lad accused of a crime he did not commit now has his DNA, fingerprints and photo on a national database. Alex Digby bought a 50p copy of the Daily Sport newspaper on his way to Stanborough School. But while waiting for friends at the Total gara

A TEENAGE lad accused of a crime he did not commit now has his DNA, fingerprints and photo on a national database.

Alex Digby bought a 50p copy of the Daily Sport newspaper on his way to Stanborough School.

But while waiting for friends at the Total garage on Stanborough Road, WGC, he was accused of stealing the paper he had already bought at Martin's on Woodhall Parade.

The 14-year-old was arrested by an off-duty policeman and locked up alone in a cell.

He was kept there four hours until his name was cleared.

Now parents Leslie and Susan of Howlands, WGC, are concerned that even though their youngster is not guilty, his details remain on file for life.

Leslie, a self-employed carpenter said: "Why should he be on there?

"He has never been in trouble with the police.

"The paper's worth pennies and the manpower that has been taken up by police is just unbelievable."

Mum-of-two Susan agreed: "It could have been handled in a completely different way.

"He only bought the paper because he wanted to see the football odds for Arsenal, but no-one would listen to him."

MP Grant Shapps has agreed to take up his case.

A police spokeswoman said chief constable Frank Whiteley had the power to remove people from the database, but Alex Digby's profile would remain on file. No reason was given as to why.

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