TF (tortillafactory) wrote in little_details,

DNA collection in the U.K.?

I know that in the U.S., if the police suspect someone of commiting a crime but have insufficient evidence for a warrant, they can't demand a DNA sample. However, if the person discards a cigarette, disposable cup, half-eaten food, etc., the police are within their rights to pick it up and take it back to the lab for analysis. If the DNAs match up, this is considered sufficient for arrest.

Is this also true in the U.K. (specifically London)? If not, what is the procedure?

Essentially, I have a character who's being wrongly accused of rape. I'd like for him to start noticing the same guys hanging around his flat all the time, waiting for a sample to be dropped...because the only evidence the police have at the moment is the testimony of the woman, which isn't sufficient, as she might simply have a grudge.

Thanks guys.
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