Five-year olds: Innocent until deemed guilty

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It's not just Cumbrian police who are on the ball when it comes to preventative measures in the fight against crime.

Britain's most senior forensics "expert", Gary Pugh, head of Scotland Yard's forensic science department and DNA spokesperson for the Association of Chief Police Officers, has argued that children as young as five should be placed on the DNA database, which currently holds DNA samples of 4.5 million British residents, if they show early signs of criminality. "Some people will grow out of crime; others won't," said the tough talking law enforcer.

We can all rest assured that the police will stop at nothing to prevent innocent citizens being mugged at water-pistol point by primary school children trying to feed their sherbert addiction.