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“This whole thing has brought all this back up,” he said. “I’ve moved on from my life. I’m a businessman now. I’ve been a relationship for more than 10 years now. It’s like someone’s put a bomb under me.”

Northumbria police, who are responsible for Newcastle, denied that they targeted the man because of his sexuality. The force declined, however, to say whether it would destroy the DNA sample or review other cases.

The Association of Chief Police Officers said Wednesday it would reissue guidance to police forces on taking DNA samples.

Britain’s Home Office, the ministry that governs the police, also said the now-defunct indecency laws need to be revisited.

“It is unacceptable that homosexual men have been living for decades with criminal records for consensual sex,” the Home Office said in a statement Wednesday.