In October 2013, UK police held DNA profiles of some 6,500 identified individuals. "The comparable figure as at 31 October 2015 was some 7,800," the annual report by Commissioner Alastair Macgregor revealed.
The new figure includes both new additions to the databases since October 2013 and deletions from those databases after that date. Of that number, some 4,350 people have never been convicted of a recordable offence, the report indicated.
UK Home Secretary Theresa May reportedly gave the biometrics commissioner until October 2016 to decide whether the records of unconvicted UK nationals should be retained in the counter-terror database past the new update deadline.