Shadow Police Minister Jack Dromey joined Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy to warn of the security risks posed by Brexit. Jack visited Merseyside Police’s Human Trafficking Team, European Arrest Warrant Team and Cyber Crime Team to see the role of EU cooperation in action.
- European cooperation led to the arrest of wanted Merseyside fugitive Gerard Hagan who was arrested in Spain after police uncovered a massive £480m cocaine haul
- Merseyside gangsters Kirk Bradley and Anthony 'Fat Tony' Downes were also returned back behind bars in the UK after escaping from a prison van on their way to court and fleeing to Holland
- Jack and Jane join the growing chorus of police voices warning of the risks to national security posed by Brexit. Those who have backed the in campaign include Jonathan Evans, former Director General of MI5 and Sir Hugh Orde, former President of the Association of Chief Police Officers
- Since the introduction of the EAW, the average time taken to extradite an offender has fallen from one year to 48 days.
- Over 7,400 suspected criminals have been deported from the UK back to Europe, and over 1,100 suspected criminals being arrested and returned to Britain to face justice.
Jane Kennedy, Labour Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, said:
“Criminals are being brought to justice in Merseyside because of European cooperation.
“International crime demands an international response. Our police force relies every day on cooperation with European counterparts, their combined expertise and shared security systems to crackdown on serious criminals.
“European security collaboration makes Merseyside safer.”
Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Police Minister, said:
“Those who commit horrific crimes could escape justice without European cooperation.
“New figures show that since 2009, police in the North West used the European Arrest Warrant to bring hundreds of fleeing suspects to justice.
“By massively speeding up the time it takes to bring criminals back before British courts, to ensuring our police have the data and cooperation they need to keep people safe, the EU is crucial to our national security.
“Our message to criminals from both home and abroad is that there is no escape for wrongdoers, no hiding place.
“If you commit a terrible crime you will be brought to justice because Britain is in Europe.”