The opposition in the British Parliament wants clarification from Home Secretary Patel, because 150,000 files have been accidentally deleted from a central police computer. Those files contained evidence found at crime scenes and information about suspects who had been arrested.
The ministry says the damage is under investigation, but no information about criminals or dangerous persons has been deleted. The files deleted by mistake would only relate to cases where no prosecution has been brought against detainees.
Fingerprints and DNA
The news was released by The Times. According to the newspaper, criminals are now free because fingerprints and DNA traces found in these cases can no longer be compared with those in other cases.
A source of the newspaper calls this a “potential disaster” because traces found at a crime scene can no longer be linked to a perpetrator.
The data was lost during a weekly cleanup. Intentional intent, for example by a hack, is excluded by the ministry.