3:11am UK, Friday 28 December 2012
Thousands Are 'Wrongly Branded Criminals'
"Around £1.9m is paid to thousands of people in Britain who were wrongly branded criminals, Big Brother Watch says.
Nearly 12,000 people have been wrongly branded as criminals over the past five years due to innacurate record checks.
According to the campaign group Big Brother Watch, the cost of redress stands at £1.9m.
In 3,519 cases, the wrong person's entry on the police national computer was disclosed, BB Watch said.
The figures were obtained from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), which recently merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
According to the CRB's annual report in July, 4.1 million checks were carried out in 2011."
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