175 foreign criminals deported after Met Police and UKBA operation

06:58 28 December 2012


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
2 3 4 5 6

Latest Crime news

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Do you recognise this man? (Picture: British Transport Police)

A large gang of young men surrounded a 17-year-old girl in West Ham Tube station and threw her to the floor in a frightening incident, British Transport Police (BTP) said today.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Police have released images of two men they would like to speak to after a woman was raped in Brixton last year (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A young woman said she was raped after accepting a lift on leaving a Brixton club last year and today police have released images of men they would like to speak to about the attack.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Victim Donna Stringer in hospital following the fire

This picture shows Donna Stringer, a 43-year-old with learning disabilities who needs a wheelchair, fighting for her life in hospital after cowardly thugs targeted her Barking care home with fireworks, causing devastating damage and leaving her in intensive care.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Police cordoned off the pavement outside the Vodafone store in Finchley Road

The pavement outside a parade of shops on Finchley Road has been cordoned off after knife raiders threatened staff at a branch of Vodafone and made off with thousands of pounds worth of mobile phones.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Vasilaki Kakko, a teenage boy who was stabbed to death in Holloway

A boy stabbed near Caledonian Road Tube station in Holloway, north London, has been named by police as Vasilaki Kakko.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
A child can be seen being manhandled by a person who appears to be a Subway worker in the video posted online (Picture: YouTube/Kyss McQueen)

Alarming footage of boys trying to smash their way into a north London Subway branch to release their friend - who appears to be locked inside and forcibly held by a Subway worker - has gone viral on social media.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Read more

Latest Tech News