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Police chief holds urgent talks with Theresa May after Romanians top county's crime tables

A POLICE chief is to hold urgent talks with the Home Secretary after figures revealed criminals from Romania are already topping his countys crime tables.

Staffordshires 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. Its definitely a challenge. Sir Andrew Green, of Migration Watch UK, said: I am afraid this is the inevitable consequence of the treaty signed by the previous Government and there is little we can do about it. The Staffordshire figures revealed 2,790 foreign nationals were arrested between 2012 and the end of September 2013, out of a total of 37,087 arrests. More than 88,000 crimes were committed across the county over the same period. Robert Oxley, of the TaxPayers Alliance, said: Our concern is that everyone, including those coming into the country, pays their tax.

Their cultures and their expectations are slightly different. Its definitely a challenge
Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

If the Police and Crime Commissioner in Staffordshire is concerned about Romanian criminals, he is right to raise this with the Home Secretary.

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. But Sheila Podmore of the Burslem Jubilee Project, which supports asylum seekers, said: A portion of the people who move here will be facing terrible, often life-threatening situations. It is possible that a few who come from other countries might resort to crime, but that is life. Theres a perception that people come to scrounge off the system, but for the majority this is not the case.