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European Arrest Warrant used to return hundreds of fugitives to face justice in Britain

New official figures published by the National Crime Agency have revealed how police forces across the UK have used the European Arrest Warrant to extradite and deport thousands of suspected criminals, including some of Britain's most-wanted fugitives, in recent years.

Between 2010 and 2015 the EU-wide warrant was used to extradite 795 suspected criminals back to the UK, while 6514 were deported to another EU country using the EAW in the same time-period.

The EU-wide warrant allows police forces across Europe to easily return suspects who go on the run back to face trial in their home country.

Sir Hugh Orde, former President of the Association of Chief Police Officers and former Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said:

“European policing measures mean the long arm of the law now extends right across the continent, leaving no place to hide.

“The European Arrest Warrant also means we can easily deport dangerous criminals back to other countries, keeping our citizens safe.

“Pulling out of the EU would undermine all this cooperation and could put our security at risk.”