Police Warn of Rise in Foreign Pedophiles Entering the UK
Migrants with child abuse convictions in their home counties are being arrested in Britain
UK police are warning of a large spike in foreign pedophiles being arrested after they re-offend in Britain.
According to new figures, British police have arrested a record number of non-UK pedophiles with previous child abuse convictions in their home countries.
In 2018, three criminal migrants with convictions for child abuse in their home country were arrested every week.
A total of 181 such cases were found last year.
The number is a staggering 32 percent rise from 137 in 2017, according to The Sun.
Police say they compiled the data using information from the Criminal Records Office.
Over the last three years, 482 suspects investigated by UK officers over separate crimes had been convicted of pedophile offenses at home.
Ninety-one cases were from Romania, 64 from the Czech Republic, and 60 from Poland.
A further 42 were from Slovakia while 30 were from Lithuania.
British officers are able to ask ACRO, the national Criminal Records Office, for additional information about suspects.
ACRO allows police to investigate the background of any foreigners under arrest and gather information about their criminal history.
Information released to the police is done so under Freedom of Information legislation.
The data also shows a staggering 827 foreigners arrested had a murder or manslaughter conviction in their home country.
The Freedom of Information request also found 714 suspects with rape convictions over the three-year period police have been able to access the records.
The criminal history of migrants in the UK was unknown prior to the introduction of ACRO in 2017.
Research director David Spencer for the Centre for Crime Prevention says the loophole was created due to laws enforced by the European Union.
"These shocking figures underline the risks British people have been exposed to by freedom of movement within the EU," Spencer revealed.