Brown 'to deport foreign criminals'

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged Wednesday to get "tougher" on law and order issues by deporting 4,000 foreign criminals by the end of the year.

Brown 'to deport foreign criminals'
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged Wednesday to get "tougher" on law and order issues by deporting 4,000 foreign criminals by the end of the year.

The number is double the previous target and should help ease pressure on overcrowded prisons, according to the Prime Minister.

Brown told The Sun newspaper "We are going to take a far tougher line. I want a message to go out; if you come here you work and you learn our language."

"If you commit a crime you will be deported. You play by the rules or you face the consequences." The Premier also insisted the British Government would not "shirk" building more prisons in order to tackle the space crisis.

There was widespread anger last year when it emerged that more than a thousand foreign offenders had been released without being considered for deportation.
The furore eventually claimed the job of former Home Secretary Charles Clarke.

Only around 200 of those offenders have now been ejected from the country, while some 150 are yet to be traced.

Official figures issued last May showed that 15 percent of the 80, 000-strong prison population were foreign nationals, and keeping them locked up was costing the British taxpayer more than 398 million pounds a year.

Agencies

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