More for­eign crim­i­nals ar­rested

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AR­RESTS of for­eign crim­i­nals by Thames Val­ley Po­lice un­der the Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant have in­creased by 70 per cent in the past four years.

Data from the Na­tional Crime Agency shows that in the 2013-14 fi­nan­cial year the force made 59 ar­rests un­der EU leg­is­la­tion. This was an in­crease of 69 per cent on the 35 ar­rests that were made in 2009-10.

Be­tween 2009-10 and 2013-14, Thames Val­ley Po­lice made 247 ar­rests un­der the Euro­pean ar­rest war­rant, with the 59 ar­rests made in 2013-14 the most for any year for which data is avail­able.

Over this five-year pe­riod a to­tal of 6,844 ar­rests have been made by the UK’s po­lice forces and other law en­force­ment agen­cies.

The fig­ure is ris­ing year on year with 1,660 ar­rests made in 2013-14, up by 57 per cent on the 1,057 that were made in 2009-10.

Un­der the war­rant, re­quests for the ar­rest of fugi­tives can be made by all of the EU’s 28 mem­ber states.

Ear­lier this week, MPs voted to con­tinue to abide by the war­rant de­spite fears from Euros-cep­tics that it would re­strict jus­tice in Bri­tain due to plac­ing the coun­try un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice.

The most common of­fences for which war­rants were is­sued were theft, fraud and rob­bery.

How­ever, the fig­ures show that 143 mur­der­ers, 125 rapists and 84 per­pe­tra­tors of child sex of­fences have been ar­rested by UK forces since 2009.

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