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UK: Police destroy DNA records of men convicted of historic consensual sex offences

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  1. Colin (London) 24 Sep 2013, 12:27pm

    Good – at last. Should never have happened in the first place. I hope they write to each person and apologise.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Sep 2013, 1:56pm

    Disgraceful this even happened in the first place. Let’s hope the GMP will have a fast ripple effect across the country.

  3. My arse they did.

  4. Certainly a change from when I lived in Manchester in the 1980s. The then Chief Constable (James Anderton) was one of the most gay-hating police officers. He used to specifically target gay men for random arrests, and make speeches where he’d suggest that “homosexuals are swirling in a cesspit of their own making”.

    1. Oh yes – Anderton. He was another of those classic ‘frothing-at-the-mouth-god-bothering-self-haters, wasn’t he? Quote from Wikipedia: “According to The Guardian, Anderton “encouraged his officers to stalk its (Manchester’s) dank alleys and expose anyone caught in a clinch, while police motorboats with spotlights searched for gay men around the canal’s locks and bridges”. What could possibly be the motivator for actions like this? Seems to me it can be only ONE thing; self-hatred which they venomously project onto those who represent that which they hate most about themselves: homosexuality. Putin is doing exactly the same thing …..

  5. I am sorry, WHY is this legal to demand DNA samples from people convicted of NOW non-existent criminal offences.

    Many of these convictions, which WERE and ARE against the Human Rights Convention and against the Human Rights Act provisions (when they were classed a criminal act ) even when consensual, they are not now and should not have been offences according to Human Rights Law.

    It is a disgrace that our laws give powers to the police (or any other Authority) to do this even when these laws have been found to be against the Human Rights convention AND are no longer regarded as any offence.
    An apology is not sufficient or acceptable – remove these powers from our law!!

  6. Imagine six months in a military prison for consensual sex, and apparently, a criminal record that follows you from the armed forces to Greater Manchester Police. As if you were some sort of threat to society? I find it quite jaw dropping and bizarre really.

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