UK Police “Accidentally” Delete Criminal Database Records

The UK National Police Chiefs’ Council reported that 213,000 criminal records were accidentally deleted.

The UK National Police Chiefs’ Council reported that 213,000 criminal records were accidentally deleted.

The deletion was believed to have been caused by human error and defective code that marked the wrong files for deletion in the Police National Computer (PNC.)

Among those that were lost are fingerprint records, DNA records, and arrest history records.

The loss of data could possibly impede investigations because biometric evidence captured from crime scenes will no longer be flagged on the Police National Computer (PNC). 

National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) admitted that there was at least one instance where the DNA profile from a suspect in custody did not generate a match to a crime scene.

The data loss also impacted the UK visa system and delayed the processing of applications for two days. 

UK Minister for Policing Kit Malthouse claimed that they are trying to recover the lost records. 

“While the loss relates to individuals who were arrested and then released with no further action, I have asked officials and the police to confirm their initial assessment that there is no threat to public safety. I will provide further updates as we conclude our work.”


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