The Mirror report:

Tiny tots have had DNA samples taken from their bodies in criminal investigations, critics say.

Shock new figures show that police forces across the country ­collected a total of 60 swabs from youngsters under 10 – the age of criminal responsibility. One constabulary took DNA from a child less than 12 months old, while another swabbed a one-year-old.

In certain circumstances, police can ask for samples from potential vulnerable victims of crime.

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