Can you dig it suckers?
A list of the names of the gangs of London, August 2007
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I always end up scrabbling around for actual numbers whenever talking about the National DNA Database so, in light of today’s news, I’m compiling a summary:
- Number of records: 4 million (Source; 05/09/07) or 3,785,571 at 31/03/06 (Source p29; 05/09/07)
- Percentage of population: 5-6%, higher than any other country (Derived from above; 05/09/07). The official figure is 5.2% (Source; 05/09/07)
- Percentage of US population on their DNA database: 0.5% (Source; 05/09/07)
- Age: 12 Years (Source; 05/09/07)
- Monthly growth: 30,000 (Source; 05/09/07)
- Number profiles of unconvicted 10-17 year olds: 24,000 (Source; 05/09/07)
- Official stance on children on the database: Under 18s make up 23% of all arrests, and so a comparative proportion of profiles is to be expected. There are no legal powers to take a DNA sample from anyone under ten without the consent of a parent or legal guardian. (Source; 05/09/07)
- Number of crimes solved per year using DNA database: 20,000 (Source; 05/09/07). The official figure is 45,000 crimes in 2005 & 2006 (Source; 05/09/07)
- DNA profiles deleted in 2005: 21,661 (Source; 20/06/07).
- DNA profiles deleted in 2006: 8,860 (Source; 20/06/07)
- Cost: £300 million over last five years (Source; 05/09/07)
- Gender split: 80.26% Men, 18.72% Women and 1.02% Unknown (Source p32; 05/09/07)
- Percentage of database by ethnicity (men): 76% White European, 9% Unknown (41% of which is collected in Scotland which does not track this data), 7% Afro-Caribbean, 5% Asian, 2% Dark-skinned European, 1% Arab (Source p34; 05/09/07)
- Percentage of population with a DNA record: 40% of Black population has DNA record, 13% of Asian population and 9% of White population, and (Source; 05/09/07)
- Number of replicated profiles: 646,890 or 16% (Source; 03/12/07)
I’m sure there’ll be more as I find them…
Updated 4/12/07: Replicated profiles
Yakuza boss resigns, underworld weeps
Okay, it’s mostly research material for Lethe, but it’s also such a surreal story about Japanese organised crime that I had to link to it. Could you imagine a similar story about East London Yardies being reported in the Metro?