Suspects arrested in crackdown on foreign criminals
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.