ALMOST 12,000 foreign crime suspects were arrested by West Midlands Police last year – a rise of more than 50 per cent in just 12 months.

And arrests for some offences including robbery, burglary and theft have more than DOUBLED in the same period.

An investigation by the Birmingham Mail has discovered rocketing numbers of foreign nationals are being detained by the force, which is already struggling to cope with unprecedented cuts of £125 million.

The figures also suggest the West Midlands is facing an unprecedented crimewave from Eastern Europeans. Those arrested include the Lithuanian charged with the brutal murder of Birmingham couple Avtar and Carole Kolar.

Last night Khalid Mahmood, MP for Perry Barr, said: ‘‘These increases demonstrate there is a big problem. There are people coming straight through into the country with no border controls, no checks, criminals coming in.

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