Victory for Alex in DNA row
PUBLISHED: 09:57 04 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009
AN innocent schoolboy s DNA will be deleted from the national database - thanks to the WHT. Alex Digby was accused of stealing the Daily Sport newspaper on his way to school. The 14-year-old's DNA, fingerprints, footprint and photograph were all taken,
AN innocent schoolboy's DNA will be deleted from the national database - thanks to the WHT.
Alex Digby was accused of stealing the Daily Sport newspaper on his way to school.
The 14-year-old's DNA, fingerprints, footprint and photograph were all taken, despite it being clear he was not guilty of any crime.
Last week the WHT reported his case and his parents' outrage that their son, who is a pupil at Stanborough School, will remain on file despite being not guilty of any crime.
But within days of the paper hitting the streets, mum Susan, of Howlands, WGC, received a letter from Herts police's deputy chief constable Simon Parr saying that Alex's information would be deleted.
Susan said: "They are going to take him off for us and I'm really pleased.
"But they didn't make it easy.
"They wouldn't have done it without your help," she said.
"I'm pleased with the outcome but it's a shame it took a story in the WHT to get it done."
A police spokesman said: "ACPO guidelines allow us, in exceptional circumstances, to remove DNA from the national database if it meets the following criteria; it is established beyond reasonable doubt that no offence existed and/or the arrest and sampling was unlawful.
"Furthermore, Hertfordshire Constabulary has additional criteria, where there is a case of mistaken identity and/or on a balance of probabilities, is it more probable than not that the offence did not take place.
"In line with these guidelines, it was established that the offence had not taken place and therefore it was appropriate to remove Alex's DNA from the database.