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Police call for children to be put on DNA database

The staff bearers of civil rights over at Scotland Yard want to take DNA signatures from children as young as 5 if it's believed that they will grow up to be criminals. Some days it really feels like Chris Morris has been writing the news.

Speaking to The Observer yesterday, the forensics and criminology chief at Scotland Yard, Gary Pugh, suggested that a large number of future criminals can be identified while they are still children. The orchard robbers of today are tomorrow's Krays it would seem.

'If we have a primary means of identifying people before they offend, then in the long-term the benefits of targeting younger people are extremely large,' Pugh said in the interview. 'You could argue the younger the better. Criminologists say some people will grow out of crime; others won't. We have to find who are possibly going to be the biggest threat to society.'

Nice one Gaz, real progressive stuff there. It's a really good idea to tar someone as a criminal for life when they're five. But don't worry about because according to The Observer "placing primary school children who have not been arrested on the database is supported by elements of criminological theory", so it's actually all okay then.

Unsurprisingly civil liberty groups have condemned the measures proposed by Pugh with a teaching union warning that it was the next step towards a 'police state'.

That's all well and good, but why not go one further? How about cutting out the middleman, i.e. crime, and just lock all babies up for life as soon as they're born. Problem solved.



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