An expert on the Yorkshire Ripper wants ancestry DNA websites to be trawled by cops to crack cases which have haunted families for decades. Millions post samples – typically saliva from a cheek swab – to genealogy firms in a bid to trace their family history and find new or long-lost relatives. Fascination has grown with the popularity of TV shows such as Who Do You Think You Are? Now ex-detective Chris Clark believes the labs which pore over our data could hold the key to nailing killers at large. A string of high profile cases have baffled police for years – like the murder of TV’s Jill Dando, 37. Mr Clark is leading a campaign for a law change which could let police access DNA websites’ files. They are currently banned from doing so under strict privacy laws. But Mr Clark – who penned a bestseller on Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, who killed 13 women – said: “Only the guilty have to fear. British police need to exploit the potential of publicly accessible DNA sites in the UK. “I believe there needs to be a comprehensive check for familial DNA hits on British cold cases. “This would entail a… Read full this story
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