Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

OF all for­eign­ers ar­rested for se­ri­ous crim­i­nal of­fences in the UK Ro­ma­ni­ans make up the sec­ond worst group – yet we’re still about to open our doors to tens of thou­sands MORE of them.

In the past five years, a stag­ger­ing 27,725 ci­ti­zens of the East­ern Euro­pean coun­try have been nicked – in Lon­don ALONE!

They in­clude ten ar­rests for MUR­DER, 142 for RAPE and 666 for “other” sex of­fences.

The num­ber is sec­ond only to the Pol­ish, with 34,905 of them de­tained in Lon­don since 2008. Over 80 of those ar­rests were for mur­der.

Some 50,000 peo­ple from Ro­ma­nia and neigh­bour­ing Bul­garia are ex­pected to flood into Bri­tain ev­ery year once im­mi­gra­tion curbs ex­pire on New Year’s Eve.

Af­ter Jan­uary 1, 2014, ci­ti­zens of both coun­tries will be al­lowed to travel freely to Bri­tain to seek work.

But they will also have full ac­cess to the NHS, schools and the ben­e­fits sys­tem – and the think tank Mi­gra­tionWatch is warn­ing of the strain the in­flux of im­mi­grants will put on Bri­tain’s al­ready-stretched pub­lic ser­vices.

Chair­man Sir An­drew Green, a former diplo­mat, said: “It is a mat­ter of real con­cern that there should be such a sub­stan­tial de­gree of crim­i­nal­ity among those Ro­ma­ni­ans who have al­ready come to Bri­tain de­spite the treaty lim­i­ta­tions on their right to work.”

The Government has so far re­fused to say how many peo­ple are pre­dicted to head here from east­ern Europe next year.

But when Labour was in power it fa­mously pre­dicted that only “up to” 13,000 Pol­ish peo­ple would travel here when they joined the Euro­pean Union in 2004 – only for more than HALF A MIL­LION to pile in.

Labour got it so dis­as­trously wrong that Pol­ish is now the sec­ond most spo­ken lan­guage in the UK.

Ear­lier this week the Ro­ma­nian Prime Min­is­ter Vic­tor Ponta claimed his coun­try­men would more likely head for Latin coun­tries like Spain, Italy and France.

But Mi­gra­tion Watch have pointed out that even af­ter tak­ing into ac­count the cost of liv­ing here, if a Ro­ma­nian was to work for the min­i­mum wage he’d still be get­ting FIVE times what he earns at home. On top of that, al­lowances like child ben­e­fit are four times the amount paid back in Bucharest.

Ro­ma­nia is known to be one of the most cor­rupt of all coun­tries in Europe and crime runs rife.

Scot­land Yard is so con­cerned about Balkan crim­i­nal gangs that it has set up Op­er­a­tion Nexus specif­i­cally to deal with it.

It has even ap­proached the EU to bid for funds to es­tab­lish a unit of overseas po­lice of­fi­cers to im­prove its ca­pa­bil­ity, with Poland and Ro­ma­nia al­ready signed up to the idea.

The fig­ures re­leased by the Met fol­lowed a free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest for de­tails on the num­ber of for­eign na­tion­als ar­rested since 2008 for mur­der, rape, rob­bery, vi­o­lence and sex­ual as­saults.

The top ten coun­tries of ori­gin for for­eign sus­pects are Poland, Ro­ma­nia, Lithua­nia, Nigeria, In­dia, Ja­maica, Eire, So­ma­lia, Por­tu­gal and Pak­istan.

Met Chief Sir Bernard Ho­ganHowe vis­ited Bucharest be­fore Christ­mas for talks on in­creased co-op­er­a­tion in shar­ing in­tel­li­gence and foren­sic sci­ence data.

ON THEIR WAY: Hordes of Ro­ma­ni­ans

may soon flood the UK

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