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Challenge to Operation Nutmeg

Police forces in England and Wales have begun a large-scale operation, code named Operation Nutmeg to collect DNA samples from approximately 12,000 offenders who are not on the national DNA database. This is largely due to the age of the individual’s convictions. The majority of the people that have been highlighted by this operation will have criminal convictions prior to 1994, before DNA sampling came into force and as such, the individuals DNA samples are not on the national database. Bhatia Best were approached by an individual who had been asked by the police to provide a DNA sample in light of Operation Nutmeg, for two offences dating back some 35 years. The police had attempted to exercise powers to...

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