Rapists and killers among 450 missing foreign criminals who have been 'LOST' by the Home Office since 2016
Rapists and killers are among the ‘Foreign National Offenders’ who have fallen off the authorities’ radar.
The 450 have been living in communities across the UK awaiting removal from the UK. The figures – obtained by the Press Association – revealed 251 FNOs absconded in 2016, 164 in 2017 and 35 in the first six months of this year.
So far only 223 have been found.
The offenders still at large include people convicted of murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnap, weapons possession and death by dangerous driving.
Tory MP Tim Loughton described the findings as “horrifying”.
The backbencher – a member of the Home Affairs Committee – said: “These are very concerning figures and confirm a worrying trend that we are a soft touch when it comes to dealing with foreign national offenders.
“It’s a mystery to me why we do not immediately deport these criminals, some of them highly dangerous, back to their country of origin and let their authorities deal with them.”
A report last year highlighted a series of Home Office failings in tracking foreign criminals once they leave jail. Offenders can fail to attend meetings with staff on as many as 19 occasions before the alarm is raised.
A Home Office spokeswoman insisted the department “never give up” trying to locate absconders. She added some 44,500 FNOs had been deported since 2010.
“We always seek to deport those who commit crimes and whose conduct poses a serious threat to the basic fundamentals of society.”
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