Only FOUR crooks were kicked out of Britain on latest deportation flight after 33 were removed following appeals
- In total 33 criminals were removed from a plane following human rights appeals
- Between them they served sentences totalling 127 years for a range of offences
- Those onboard served sentences of 16 years and 3 months for ‘serious crimes’
Only four foreign criminals were on a deportation flight to Jamaica when it took off yesterday after 33 were removed following last-ditch human rights appeals.
Home Secretary Priti Patel described it as ‘absolutely galling’ that an airliner capable of seating 350 people chartered by the Home Office for as much as £300,000 was almost empty when it finally departed.
Last night Miss Patel pledged that the Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill would ‘make it easier to remove foreign criminals and prevent them from gaming the broken system’.
She said: ‘I make no apology for removing foreign national offenders. It is absolutely galling that, yet again, last-minute legal claims have stopped the removal of 33 people, including those guilty of abhorrent crimes such as murder and child sexual offences.’
Only four foreign criminals were on a deportation flight to Jamaica when it took off yesterday after 33 were removed following last-ditch human rights appeals – 13 in the last 24 hours
A total of 33 criminals who had between them served sentences totalling 127 years were removed as a result of ‘last-minute legal claims’ – 13 in the 24 hours prior to departure.
Additional would-be deportees are understood to have been removed from the flight list due to a Covid outbreak at Colnbrook, an immigration removal centre near Heathrow Airport where they had been held.
That meant just four remained when the Airbus A350 finally set off from Birmingham Airport in the early hours of yesterday morning.
They had served sentences totalling 16 years and 3 months for ‘serious crimes’.
While the exact cost of hiring yesterday’s charter plane has not been revealed, previous flights have cost around £300,000, meaning the cost to the taxpayer could have been as high as £75,000 per criminal.
After the previous deportation effort in August resulted in only seven Jamaican nationals being aboard a charter flight which took off from Stansted airport, Miss Patel voiced her ‘deep anger and frustration’.
Priti Patel described it as ‘galling’ that an airliner capable of seating 350 people chartered by the Home Office for as much as £300,000 was almost empty when it finally departed
At least ten of those on the latest original deportation list arrived in the UK as children, according to analysis by campaigning organisation Movement For Justice, with one having lived here since he was three months old.
According to the Independent, among those removed was Akeem Finlay, 31, who was given a six-year prison sentence in 2014 for GBH with intent after leaving his 20-year-old victim for life.
‘It’s been five years now since I served my sentence,’ he told the online paper last week. ‘I have changed.
‘I’ve moved away from that kind of thing.
‘But I haven’t been given a second chance in my adult life to turn things around.’ On Tuesday activists had blocked the road outside Brook House, an immigration detention centre near Gatwick, in an attempt to prevent the deportations.
They accuse ministers of breaching a deal signed with Jamaica last year to stop deporting criminals who came to the UK aged under 12.
While the cost of hiring yesterday’s charter plane has not been revealed, previous flights have cost around £300k, meaning cost to taxpayers could have been as high as £75k per criminal
Campaign group Detention Action last night branded Government policy ‘a shambles’.
‘Each time the Home Office tries to force black people from their homes in the UK, they meet more opposition,’ it boasted.
But Matt Vickers, Conservative MP for Stockton South, last night accused the activists of creating ‘a real danger to the safety of the people of this country’.
‘They frustrate and abuse the system, often citing nonsense about racism or colonialism, to keep highly dangerous criminals in the UK at the taxpayer’s expense,’ he said.
‘I am certain that the Government has the backing of the majority of the people in this country to deport criminals, many who have committed similarly horrendous crimes.
‘I urge the Home Office to do the right thing by the British people, ignore these groups and push on with deporting criminals who have no right to be here.’
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