Surge in foreign criminals freed to live openly in Britain

Official figures showed the number – including criminals who have gone on the run – soared by a fifth in just a year from 4,247 in the first quarter of 2014 to 5,053 in the same period this year.

Critics said the figures exposed serious failings in the Home Office’s attempts to get on top of immigration.

Data from the Home Office showed the number of foreign national criminals living openly in Britain has increased by a third since the beginning of 2011, when the figure stood at 3,800.

It means there is now a record number of foreign criminals living among the general population.

While many will be in touch with probation officers and the Home Office, hundreds are feared to have fled without trace…

…The experts estimated that one in six foreign criminals released from jail had gone on the run.

Applied to the new figures it would mean about 840 criminals have vanished without trace…