Oakhill pensioner fighting to remove details from police database
JUSTICE Secretary Chris Grayling has been asked to intervene in the case of an innocent man fighting for his police DNA profile to be removed.
Full-time carer Barry Seckerson was arrested last year over claims he had been verbally abusive to a member of the public.
The case was later dropped before it reached court, but Staffordshire Police still retain his DNA profile, picture and fingerprints, which were taken when Mr Seckerson was arrested.
Mr Seckerson, aged 72, of Oakhill, has called on the force to remove his records.
Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Tristram Hunt has now made a representation on behalf of Mr Seckerson to the Justice Secretary.
Mr Seckerson said: "I've asked Staffordshire Police to remove my records but they say I don't meet the criteria for that. I was never charged with anything, so if I don't meet the criteria, who does?
"I'm not just doing this for myself but the 25,000 other people whose DNA profiles are still being kept by Staffordshire Police.
"I want Mr Grayling to explain why police in this country are not abiding by a ruling of the European court, which said police forces couldn't do this. If I don't get answer from him, I'm prepared to take this up with my MEP as well."
In December 2008 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that retaining innocent people's DNA breached their right to a private life.
Both the Tories and Lib Dems pledged to end the practice while in opposition, but have yet to do so.