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Operation Nexus removes high harm offenders


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Just two years after Home Office Immigration Enforcement (HOIE) officers first stepped into custody suites in London as part of Operation Nexus the number of foreign nationals offenders removed from the UK has reached more than three thousand.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell from Operation Nexus said, “It’s not just in the custody suites where a close working relationship has reaped rewards. Closer more efficient working partnerships with HOIE in the preparation of suitable cases for Immigration Tribunals has led to increasing success in the removal of high harm offenders. These people represent the greatest risk to Londoners and so far with HOIE we have been instrumental in the removal of one hundred and eighty eight of them from the UK. What’s more they are barred from returning for ten years.”

Collaborations with other police forces, such as the EU funded project, have seen police from Poland and Romania work alongside Nexus officers to target crimes committed by their nationals and help track down wanted criminals from their home countries.

The Romanian officers have been, and continue to work closely with Westminster police to tackle gambling and other anti social behaviour as well as being instrumental in drastically reducing thefts of phones and wallets at large scale events.

Polish officers working with the Extradition Unit have been very useful in tracking down foreign criminals wanted for offences committed in their home countries and have also assisted in a number of live criminal cases in the UK.

DCI Cranwell continued, “Intelligence shows that 27% of all those people arrested for a criminal offence in London - 25% of the highest harm gang offenders and 15% of known sex offenders - are foreign nationals. Ideally we would like to have as much information on those offenders that have travelled across international borders as we have on British criminals. By working with HOIE and other partner agencies we are becoming faster and sharper at building effective offending profiles of people who are foreign nationals.”

Analysis of the data held by the Met shows that high harm offenders are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime and represent a far greater risk.

Research on 163 high harm foreign national offenders that had been removed from the UK revealed there were 5056 intelligence reports relating to those individuals. That equates to an average of 31 intelligence reports per person.

Fifteen (15) of those offenders were the subject of more than 100 intelligence reports.

A total of 1039 convictions were recorded against those 163 high harm offenders as well as an additional 931 arrests which did not result in a conviction.

Offences recorded included murder, attempted murder, Grevious Bodily Harm (GBH), rape, other sexual offences, possession of firearms, knives and other offensive weapons and robbery.

Two case studies of high harm offenders that have been removed from the UK follow:-

Case Study 1 - SHABAZ MASIH

Shabaz Masih, a Pakistani national, first came to the notice of the Metropolitan Police on 23rd May 2002 for robbery aged only 14. The case was referred to Operation Nexus in 2010 when he had 12 convictions relating to 24 offences. The first conviction was on 19th September 2002.

A full summary of his offending was compiled by Operation Nexus to demonstrate the level of crime committed by this young man since arriving in the UK from Pakistan. It showed he had committed numerous street robberies before becoming involved in gang related crimes in North London robbing and dealing both Class B and Class A (crack cocaine) drugs.

In late 2008 he moved to Ipswich. Suffolk Constabulary revealed multiple intelligence records in 2008 and 2009 relating to Masih being involved in drugs supply and one other report that stated he had access to a handgun which had been used in the commission of crime.

He was involved in a serious domestic burglary in Hockley, Essex and was imprisoned for 3 years. Masih was arrested but not charged in connection with an aggravated burglary in October 2012 in which a group of armed suspects forced their way into a residential address, threatened the occupants at gunpoint and forcibly searched a woman at the address for drugs.

On 4th December 2012 Masih was released from his sentence and transferred to Immigration detention.

Mr Masih and his immediate family claimed to have little continued contact with their home country of Pakistan with Masih claiming to have no family to support him should he be deported. These claims were put to the test. Enquiries revealed the family to have continued strong family links to Pakistan with travel to Pakistan up to February 2013 supported by Pakistani Visas.

The bookings were traced to a travel agent and enquiries with the agent produced historic booking records which led to Masih’s uncle in Pakistan where the family regularly stayed during their visits. An evidential spreadsheet of family travel was created to demonstrate visits to Pakistan for extended periods.

Masih also tried to use a former relationship with a woman that had ended sometime earlier as an excuse to remain in the UK. After exhausting and loosing all of his appeal rights Masih was removed from the UK on 11th February 2014. He is barred from returning for 10 years.


Damilola Joseph, a 25 year old man (born 19/07/1989) came to the UK from Nigeria in 1998, aged 9 with his grandmother. Joseph, who lived in Waltham Forest was convicted of various offences over the years ranging from disorderly behaviour to robbery and possession of class A drugs.

In March 2012 he was convicted of robbery and was sentenced to 50 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and an 18 month supervision order. In November 2012 he breached this order and was ordered to serve a further 20 weeks custodial sentence.

In January 2013 he was convicted of possession of an offensive weapon and was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment.

Joseph had 12 convictions and 31 non-convictions whilst resident in the United Kingdom.

In August 2013 a deportation order was obtained and in September 2013 Joseph was detained under immigration powers. On the same day he lodged an out of time appeal which was dismissed meaning that he had no further right of appeal in the United Kingdom.

He was removed from the United Kingdom on 6 November 2013. Joseph then immediately lodged an out of country appeal from Nigeria which was heard on the 15 October 2014. This was also dismissed.

An Immigration Court Panel found after considering all the evidence and intelligence that there were serious reasons to justify Joseph’s expulsion, that his removal would be conducive to the public good and proportionate and that there were no exceptional circumstances. He is barred from returning to the UK for 10 years.