Don’t re­port il­le­gal im­mi­grants if they’re crime vic­tims, po­lice told

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PO­LICE should turn a blind eye to il­le­gal im­mi­grants if they are vic­tims of crime, ac­cord­ing to new guid­ance.

It says of­fi­cers ‘will not take en­force­ment ac­tion in re­la­tion to any sus­pected im­mi­gra­tion breaches’ when peo­ple have been crime vic­tims.

The guid­ance was agreed by chief of­fi­cers amid ‘height­ened in­ter­est’ af­ter the Win­drush scan­dal, when it emerged that Com­mon­wealth cit­i­zens had been wrong­fully de­tained and de­ported.

It says that where a per­son re­port­ing a crime is iden­ti­fied as po­ten­tially not hav­ing leave to re­main or en­ter the UK, the ‘fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple’ must be ‘first and fore­most’ to treat them as a vic­tim. The guid­ance in­cludes a ban on check­ing the po­lice na­tional com­puter solely to see if some­one is an il­le­gal im­mi­grant.

A pa­per set­ting out the pol­icy says: ‘Where po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a crime and… it be­comes ap­par­ent the vic­tim is also sus­pected of be­ing an il­le­gal im­mi­grant, it is ap­pro­pri­ate that the of­fi­cer in the case should con­tact Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment at the ap­pro­pri­ate junc­ture, whilst en­sur­ing they are also treated as a vic­tim.

‘The po­lice will share that in­for­ma­tion with Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment, but will not take any en­force­ment ac­tion in re­la­tion to any sus­pected im­mi­gra­tion breaches.’

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