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Police forces across the UK are holding 50 Romanians a day for questioning, figures reveal
Figures from forces show more than 50 Romanians are being held for questioning every day.
In the last four year the numbers of crime suspects from the eastern European nation being arrested by police has soared by 16 per cent.
Last year police in England and Wales arrested 19,841 Romanians.
For 32 of the 43 forces that could provide comparable figures from fours year earlier, the number of arrests has risen from 16,292 to 18,939.
Earlier this year a Romanian crime gang was jailed for a total of 47 years for a string of raids from jewellery stores, which they attacked with sledgehammers.
The six-strong gang was said to be members of the notorious “Romanian Crime Academy”, which recruits members and provides them with training such as how to avoid being followed and how to defeat forensic techniques.
This is why I am very concerned about the transitional free movement
Jane Collins, Ukip
The forces that arrested the most Romanians were the Met, in London, where 7,355 were detained in 2016, followed by West Midlands (2,584), Thames Valley (1,403) and Bedfordshire (642).
In Greater Manchester, where a total of 533 Romanians were arrested, there were eight pulled in for rape offences, one for a slaveryrelated charge and nine for human trafficking offences.
South Wales, where a total of 222 Romanians were arrested, saw seven quizzed about rapes and 72 arrested over shoplifting.
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Jane Collins, Ukip’s home affairs spokeswoman, said: “Since we are unable to stop people with criminal records coming to the UK from EU countries it was inevitable crime gangs from poorer countries would come to the UK. This is an excessive burden on our police who have already been cut by Theresa May. Given the threats to security it would be logical to filter out criminals when they arrive in the UK and deport foreign criminals.
“This is why I am very concerned about the transitional free movement arrangements the Government talks about – why should we suffer any more years of free movement of criminals?”
The Met detainined 7,355 Romanians in 2016
Romanians convicted for crimes in England in recent months include Romelia Radu, 32, and Petre Niculescu, 39, who were each jailed for 14 years after they were convicted for trafficking a 14-year-old girl and eight other women into the UK before forcing them to work as prostitutes.
Bodybuilder George Albu, 33, was jailed for eight years after he killed 23-year-old gardener Chris Jones, by running him over in his £120,000 Bentley Continental, in Notting Hill, London.
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A Romanian gang was arrested following a series of raids of jewellery stores last year
Albu, who fled the scene of the crash, had been high on a cocktail of alcohol and cocaine when he committed the offence.
Dr Ioan Boila, 55, who said he was coming to England to work in the NHS, was jailed for four months after Border Force officers found he had a huge stash of illegal indecent images when he arrived in the UK.
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