The Government has agreed to remove thousands of samples of DNA from the national database belonging to bats, frogs, geckos and field mice, over the next 3-5 years. Following last year’s European Court ruling, Ministers have conceded that the lesser orders of mammalia and reptilia do not, as originally thought, pose a threat to public safety, and should be, as a rule, considered innocent until proved guilty.
However Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was adamant last night that warthogs’ DNA will remain on the list for at least the next 12 years. Speaking to reporters, the Home Secretary explained that the Metropolitan Police have requested permission to keep the samples, as officers frequently report that they ‘sometimes behave a bit suspiciously’ when called in for questioning. ‘Besides’ added Ms Smith ‘there’s something about them I just don’t trust.’
Posted: May 7th 2009 by Vandella