Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Romanians Off To A Flyer
Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is desperate to discuss the lifting of restrictions that allow more Romanians and Bulgarians into Britain. Already foreign nationals in Staffordshire account for 7.5 per cent of all arrests, with Romanians the worst offenders. It is understood that 981 Romanians were arrested in Staffordshire between April 2010 and September 2013, followed by 967 Polish nationals and 636 Lithuanians. Now Mr Ellis is to meet Theresa May about the potential impact of the easing of restrictions. He said: “Stoke-on-Trent is seeing a significant rise in the number of people who are not only being placed there by the state as asylum seekers, but also foreign nationals moving there. “Their cultures and their expectations are slightly different. Therefore I am asking the chief constable whether he needs more resources to get ahead on this. It’s definitely a challenge.” Two weeks ago the Government was warned that Britain risks “importing a wave of crime” from Bulgaria and Romania when the work immigration curbs are lifted today. Tory MP Philip Hollobone went on: “Romanians are seven times more likely to be arrested in London than a British national.” He said that as a special constable on the London Underground he has first-hand experience of Romanian criminals. “Eight out of 10 pickpockets are from Romania,” Mr Hollobone added.