West Midlands Police have taken the DNA of almost 6,000 children in the last two years a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Birmingham Mail report:

Almost 6,000 children had their DNA swabbed by West Midlands Police in just two years, new figures have revealed.

The number included 456 ten, 11 and 12-year-olds.

Campaigners called the swabbing levels “excessive”.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.