Gunman loses DNA battle

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A gunman serving a life sentence for crippling a police officer during an armed raid yesterday lost his High Court bid to prevent the police obtaining hair samples from him for the national DNA database.

Stuart Blackstock, 43 - who shot PC Philip Olds during a raid on an off- licence in Hayes, west London, in 1980 - was told he would have to go to the European Court of Human Rights if he wished to contest the decision.