Thousands of violent thugs and rapists from EU walking Britain’s streets. Also clogging up jails because Government has failed to send them home. Their presence is undermining David Cameron’s case to remain in the EU. That is warning in report by Westminster’s Home Affairs Select Committee.
Thousands of violent thugs and rapists from the EU are walking Britain’s streets and clogging up our jails because the Government has failed to send them home.
The presence of the criminals – who arrived here under EU freedom of movement rules – is undermining David Cameron’s case to remain in the EU, a report warns today.
The inquiry by MPs found the top three foreign nationalities inside our packed prisons are all now from inside the EU – with almost 1,000 from Poland alone and 600 from Romania.
Despite the Prime Minister repeatedly pledging to end the scandal, there were 4,171 criminals from the EU behind bars in England and Wales in December.
Warning: Thousands of violent thugs and rapists from the EU are walking Britain’s streets and clogging up our jails because the Government has failed to send them home (file photo)
They include rapists, robbers, paedophiles and drug dealers. The figure is all the more startling because there is a European agreement in place to send them home.
Including those from the EU, the committee says there are more than 13,000 foreign criminals in Britain – a number equivalent to a ‘small town’ – either in jail or walking our streets .
More of those now living in the community after finishing their sentences have successfully resisted deportation by using human rights legislation.
In its report today, Westminster’s Home Affairs Select Committee says the Government has ‘consistently failed’ to get a grip on the shambolic system for kicking out foreign convicts.
And it says the failure to deport more EU criminals is so dire that it casts doubt on ‘the point of the UK remaining a member of the EU’. The committee report also warns it would take a ‘modern miracle’ for Mr Cameron to meet his pledge to cut migration to under 100,000.
A series of revelations about record levels of EU immigration and how people smugglers are exploiting Britain’s porous borders have made the referendum contest too close to call.
The cross-party committee – which includes leading figures in the In camp – said: ‘There are too many foreign national offenders from European Union countries still in the United Kingdom.
‘The public is entitled to expect a more efficient process for prisoner transfers.
It is surprising that of the predominant foreign nationalities in UK prisons, the top three are from EU countries: 983 from Poland, 764 from Ireland, and 635 from Romania.
The Home Office has failed to tackle this issue sufficiently, as EU prisoners should be the first to be removed and accepted by their countries of origin.
‘The clear inefficiencies demonstrated by this process will lead the public to question the point of the UK remaining a member of the EU.’
Despite the Prime Minister repeatedly pledging to end the scandal of foreigners clogging up our packed prisons, a staggering 9,895 were behind bars in England and Wales in December. Of these, 4,171 were from the EU – 42 per cent. The cost of housing them is an estimated £150million a year.
Britain is entitled to deport criminals from the European Union if they are sentenced to jail while non-EU criminals must have served at least one year behind bars. Meanwhile, there are an ‘unacceptable’ 5,789 foreign offenders are living in the community awaiting deportation – the highest number for five years. It is up nearly 20 per cent on the previous year.
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