More foreign criminals arrested
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.