175 foreign criminals deported after Met Police and UKBA operation

06:58 28 December 2012

Archant

More than 175 foreign criminals have been deported under a new crackdown, including an Indian man who attempted to defraud department store Harrods.

Operation Nexus, a joint initiative launched by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Metropolitan Police Service at the start of September, also saw a further 314 foreign criminals detained, the Home Office said.

The operation saw UKBA officers posted in 21 custody suites across London, allowing them to run real-time immigration checks on individuals brought into custody.

The figures came as the Home Office battles to deport hate preacher Abu Qatada to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999.

The government is fighting against the decision of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) to uphold Qatada’s appeal against eviction.

Among the criminals removed from the UK under Nexus were Indian national Manindhar Annamdevula, 24, who was arrested for attempted fraud at Harrods in October, some five months after his visa had expired.

Shahnoza Sayfieva, 35, from Uzbekistan, was arrested in October on suspicion of blackmail and soon deported, while Ugandan Julius Amet, 36, was arrested in October for a public order offence and later deported.

Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said: “Nexus is not about targeting communities but making sure that, by maximising intelligence and smarter ways of working with UKBA and other international partners, we are as effective in dealing with offenders who are foreign nationals as we are with those from the UK.”

Some 28 per cent of all those arrested for a criminal offence in London are foreign nationals, recent Met intelligence showed.

Nexus combines police and immigration intelligence to tackle foreign criminals in London and has led to the removal of some of the capital’s highest-harm criminals.

The operation also saw unknown fingerprints and DNA at police crime scenes being run against UKBA databases in a bid to solve previously unsolved crimes.

It also saw working relationships set up with police officers from countries where high volumes of offenders are identified, such as 20 officers seconded from Romania.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, May 1, 2015
Benson Igbokwe. Pic: Met Police

A man has been jailed after he held a gun at point-blank range at a manager of a Knightsbridge boutique store in an attempted kidnap.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Gulam Chowdhury has been sentenced to life in jail

The man who killed his love rival by stabbing him 20 times with a large kitchen knife has been sentenced to life behind bars.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Police have released an image of a man who allegedly exposed himself to a teenager in a Burger King restaurant.

Police have released an image of a man who allegedly exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in a Burger King restaurant in west London.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Nur Nordin owned some of the most extreme child pornography police had ever seen - and a life-siized mannequin of a little boy [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

An international student at Imperial College London has been jailed for possessing “some of the most extreme images that have ever been seen” by child sex abuse officers.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Police would like to speak to these men in connection with the attack [Photo by British Transport Police]

CCTV pictures of four men believed to have violently attacked a 30-year-old man with bits of wood at Forest Gate station have been released.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Police believe the gun may have been owned by a gang member [Photo by Metropolitan Police]

An Uzi sub-machine gun has been found by police in a cemetery off Mitcham Road in Croydon, Scotland Yard said.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Read more
A swastika daubed on a poster promoting Simon Marcus.

Conservatives in Hampstead and Kilburn are calling in the police over anti-Semitic graffiti found daubed on posters promoting parliamentary candidate Simon Marcus in Queen’s Park.