UK Working to Recover Some 400,000 Records Accidentally Deleted From Police Database in Tech Blunder

An error occurred earlier this month, when biometric evidence from thousands of arrest records, including fingerprints and DNA, were accidentally erased in a massive software glitch.

“So, first of all, let me just clarify this – this is a coding issue”, Home Secretary Priti Patel said. “We talk about a figure of 400,000 but the actual figure could actually be a lot less”.

The error that occurred a week ago also created major problems for the visa system, temporarily freezing the processing of applications, which had to be checked with the PNC.

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