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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

Ten top criminals caught with European Arrest Warrant shows Theresa May is gambling with Britain's security

March 30, 2017 1:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have revealed a list of ten of Britain's most-wanted criminals who have been arrested or sentenced since the beginning of this year thanks to the European Arrest Warrant.

This follows David Davis this morning confirming that the UK won't have access to the European Arrest Warrant unless the Government strikes a parallel deal on trade and security.

Recent uses of the European Arrest Warrant include a suspected gang boss from Solihull arrested in Lithuania yesterday, a man arrested in Belgium in connection with the murder of a man in West Bromwich and one of Britain's most-wanted suspected paedophiles who was arrested after fleeing to France.

Since 2009, the European Arrest Warrant has been used to bring 800 British fugitives back to face justice in the UK. These include 41 wanted for murder, 61 for rape and three for terrorism.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick used a question in the House of Lords today to press the Government over its threat to withhold security cooperation with the EU unless it gets the trade deal it wants.

Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary and former Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, commented:

"Theresa May's threat that the UK could withhold security cooperation with the EU was both reckless and insensitive.

"I've seen first-hand how European cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism helps keep Britain safe.

"We need tools like the European Arrest Warrant to help ensure Britain's most-wanted criminals are brought back to face justice.

"Theresa May as a former Home Secretary should know this better than anyone else.

"The UK's ability to keep its people safe cannot be negotiated away in exchange for a better trade deal."

Ten of Britain's most-wanted criminals have been arrested or sentenced since the beginning of this year thanks to the European Arrest Warrant: