EU’s Freedom of Movement Rules Caused Romanian Gypsy “Crime Wave” in BritainRomanian police were asked by the British authorities to investigate a series of criminal gangs “almost immediately” after Romania’s ascension to the European Union caused a Gypsy “crime wave” in Britain, it has emerged.
News of the massive scale of the Gypsy crime wave became known after a daily newspaper carried a report of a Romanian gypsy gang which had smuggled more than 200 children into Britain to beg, steal and commit petty crimes.
The EU’s “freedom of movement” rules, introduced by the John Major government, allow all EU nationals complete freedom of movement across member state countries.
The Romanian Gypsies — who should not be confused with genuine Romanians who are law-abiding Europeans — are part of an Indian-origin tribe of people who penetrated Eastern Europe in the mists of time.
Romanian nationals have been allowed to settle in Britain since 1 January 2007.
In the first six months of that year, police figures revealed that “Romanian nationals” were responsible for a staggering 1,080 offences.
During the same period in 2006, only 135 such crimes were recorded.
Incredibly, Romanian authorities reported that crime in their country had dropped as the Gypsies exported their activities to Britain.
Stan Bitlan, head of the police force in Ialomita County, Romania, was quoted as saying that there “is a connection between what is happening here and the UK. What they are doing in the UK appears here in Romania in the form of luxury cars and houses.”
The mayor of the town of Tandarei, which was the focus of the most recent Romanain police crackdown, said in 2007 that there had been a drop in crime in his city.
A leaked Home Office memo in 2007 also revealed that an estimated 45,000 potential criminals from Romania and Bulgaria, which also joined the EU at the same time, had entered Britain.
In the latest incident, 26 Gypsies were arrested in Tandarei in connection with the child gangs.
The arrested men face charges of trafficking children, money laundering, membership of an organised crime group and possession of illegal firearms.
According to reports, the children were kept under the control of a gang member in Britain and were used to “earn” money by begging, washing windscreens, pick pocketing and shoplifting.