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MORE than ten people have their DNA recorded and stored by Redbridge Police every day, the Guardian can reveal.
A total of 3,654 samples of genetic material were taken in the borough last year - with only 368 of these subsequently being destroyed, a Freedom of Information request as found.
And 2,201 samples have been taken on under-18s since the beginning of 2006 – the vast majority of whom innocent of any crime - prompting fierce complaints from parents.
“It’s a bit Big Brother when the Government knows even your children’s intricate body chemistry.”
The European Court of Human Rights ruled last December that all DNA samples of innocent people held by police must be destroyed as holding such information “could not be regarded as necessary in a democratic society”.