Northampton MP told new European database will keep out foreign criminals

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A Northampton MP has 
received Government 
assurance that a new European data sharing agreement should prevent foreign criminals entering the UK after committing serious crimes.

In the last six months, a Lithuaninan man and a Romanian who had both been convicted of rape in their home countries, have been jailed after raping women in Northampton.

Northampton Crown Court heard in August that George-Josif Blaj broke into a house and raped a woman in her bedroom less than three months after entering the UK. Blaj had previously been convicted of rape in Romania when he was 16 years old.

In April, Gintas Burinskas, was also jailed for 10 years after he raped a 32-year-old woman in Northampton on Boxing Day last year, only five months after he finished a 10-year sentence in his home country of Lithuania for rape.

As a result of the two recent attacks, the Conservative MP for Northampton North Michael Ellis, had a meeting with immigration minister Mark Harper who told him the UK would be able to use a new European database, called Schengen Two, from next year which would allow border staff to check the criminal records of everyone who entered the country. Mr Ellis said: “We will no longer be reliant on other countries to tell us about convictions. If anyone is found to have committed a serious offence they will not be allowed in the country.”