Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Campaign To Protect European Policing Support Backed By Cambridge MP

Julian Huppert MP

A national campaign calling on the government not to pull out of European cross-border policing and justice has won the backing of Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.

Julian has signed a petition by the campaign group Justice Across Borders which believes the move would leave British citizens more vulnerable to crime.

He also plans to meet members of the group to discuss how he can help further in their campaign.

Julian said: “These measures have been hugely successful in breaking up pedophile rings, preventing terrorism and bring criminals who escape across borders to justice.

“If the government goes ahead with its plan to abandon some of them it will be a backward step, making it more difficult for British police to catch criminals who escape overseas or expel foreign law breakers from the UK.

“We have to accept that the criminals who break the law on our streets don’t always stay on our streets and if we have the chance to bring them to justice, we have to cooperate with forces across Europe.”

Thais Portilho-Shrimpton, Director of Justice Across Borders said: “In recent years, measures such as the European Arrest Warrant, Europol and Eurojust have broken up paedophile rings, prevented human trafficking, caught terrorists and other criminals attempting to flee justice overseas, and allowed us to deport criminals swiftly to other European states.

“Britain must work with its European partners to keep us safe. In the modern world, crime crosses borders, justice should too.”