The law on the retention of DNA samples in Scotland could soon be tightened by the closing of a “legal loophole”.
Currently, people who accept “direct measures” such as fines, as an alternative to prosecution, cannot have their DNA kept in the police database.
Nationalist MSP Stewart Maxwell plans to amend a bill at Holyrood to allow samples to be retained to “enhance public protection”.
The Scottish government said it would consider the amendment “favourably”.
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