Sus­pects ar­rested in crack­down on for­eign crim­i­nals

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - Cather­ine Lilling­ton News re­porter cather­ine.lilling­ton@trin­i­tymir­

A POL­ISH man work­ing at a Coven­try ware­house has been ar­rested by po­lice over fraud of­fences in his home­land.

Jacek Wis­niewski, aged 32, was de­tained by West Mid­lands Po­lice un­der a Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant.

Hun­dreds of sus­pects were ar­rested dur­ing the lat­est na­tion­wide crack­down on for­eign crooks op­er­at­ing or tak­ing shel­ter on these shores.

Op­er­a­tion Triv­ium, which took place be­tween May 16-20, saw the force work­ing with con­ti­nen­tal cops and UK part­ner agencies.

Of­fi­cers from Ro­ma­nia, Lithua­nia and Hol­land – plus a Fin­nish of­fi­cer rep­re­sent­ing Europol – joined the Na­tional Crime Agency, Gang­mas­ters Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity and Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment.

The of­fen­sive saw po­lice of­fi­cers across the coun­try stop more than 9,000 ve­hi­cles – 509 of which were seized – and make 361 ar­rests. A to­tal of 83 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 76 for­eign na­tion­als, were ar­rested in the West Mid­lands.

Chief In­spec­tor Jed White, from the Cen­tral Mo­tor­way Po­lice Group, said: “The num­ber of ar­rests should send out a strong mes­sage that there is no hid­ing place for crim­i­nals and that bor­ders hold no bar­ri­ers when it comes to bring­ing about jus­tice.

“Po­lice forces the length and breadth of the coun­try united be­hind the cam­paign but there was a real in­ten­sity of ef­fort in the West Mid­lands where a large pro­por­tion of the ar­rests and proac­tive ve­hi­cle stops took place.

“West Mid­lands Po­lice of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted sev­eral EAWs on be­half of po­lice coun­ter­parts on the con­ti­nent ... those peo­ple ar­rested have now ei­ther been ex­tra­dited or are await­ing de­por­ta­tion to face jus­tice at home.”

Of­fi­cers across the West Mid­lands were in­volved in ANPR op­er­a­tions on look­out for sus­pect ve­hi­cles, ran road­side check­points and sup­ported im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials on vis­its to busi­nesses sus­pected of em­ploy­ing for­eign over­stay­ers. Link­ing in with the Edg­bas­ton Com­mand Cen­tre – plus an #OpTriv­ium cell at Europol in The Hague – they had ac­cess to a vast pool of po­lice in­tel­li­gence to build a com­plete pic­ture on any sus­pects they en­coun­tered.

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