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Some 27,725 Romanians were arrested for offences in London over the past five years, Scotland Yard said, including 10 for murder and more than 140 for rape.

The figures, published under the Freedom of Information Act, will fuel fears of a crime wave when restrictions on workers from Romania and Bulgaria are lifted in January next year.

Romanians came second only to Poles, who accounted for 34,905 arrests, including 84 for murder and almost 130 for rape.

However, there were some 587,000 migrants born in Poland living in the UK in 2011, estimates from the Office for National Statistics showed, compared with 87,000 Romanians.

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blackmailersTHREE members of a Lithuanian gang said to have demanded £10,000 cash from a man with threats and weapons “over a debt” have been jailed for a total of six-and-a- half years.

Burnley Crown Court heard how terrified factory worker Donatos Malciiaukas, a fellow countryman, was blackmailed and kidnapped by five men, including Ruslan Sivoborod, 31, Albertas Filatovas, 37, Rimas Vilkevicius, 36, and Gediminas Paskevicius, 37.

He had been told he would be cut up, and beaten, if he didn’t go with them.

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HUGE numbers of Roma gypsies are planning to move to Britain after being forced out of their home countries, The Sun can reveal.

Nomads in Romania and Bulgaria want to head to our shores en masse as soon as the restrictions blocking their migration are lifted.

More than a million have already set up camp in wealthy countries in Western Europe, including Britain and Ireland. But even more are expected to flood in when borders open in January next year.

The Sun travelled to freezing Transylvania in the heart of Romania to see first-hand how gypsies are being forced out by authorities who view them as thieves and beggars.

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Margiris-JogelaA Lithuanian who mugged a student just 48 hours after arriving in the UK was tracked down after police followed his footprints in the snow.

Margiris Jogela, 22, began his new life in Britain by punching and robbing his drunk victim just after 4am at the University of East Anglia.

The frightened student was trying to unlock his bike in Norwich when he was pounced on by Jogela and an accomplice.

The two thugs hit him in the head before fleeing with his wallet, mobile and cash, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.

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peter_kovacsA 24-year-old man has been jailed for more than seven years for raping one prostitute and robbing another after he lured them into a secluded alleyway in Bradford city centre.

Peter Kovacs, who came to the UK from Slovakia in 2010, committed offences of indecent exposure and voyeurism before he struck on consecutive nights in Lower Grattan Road, Bradford Crown Court heard.

A judge branded Kovacs, of Kensington Street, Girlington, Bradford, a public danger and locked him up under the new extended sentence provisions.

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A man has been charged with the murder of a man in Hackney on Friday.

Lithuanian Giedruis Zinkeviucius, 38 from Pembury Close, Lower Clapton appeared in custody at Thames Magistrates on Monday charged with the murder of 40-year old Egidijus Ceplionis in the same road.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey today.

A 38-year-old woman who was also arrested in connection with the murder was released on Sunday.

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Nicolae-TalabaA TAXI driver, who raped a Basildon teen who fell ill during a night out, has been jailed for eight years.

The 17-year-old victim passed out after drinking too much while out with friends in Romford.

She was helped into a cab by street pastors and door staff in February 2012.

But little did they know the cabbie, Nicolae Talaba, was a predator who took advantage of the girl’s drunken condition and raped her after stopping the car near her home address in Basildon.

Romanian-born Talaba, formerly of Mawney Road Romford, carried on working after the attack in February 2012 but he was arrested when he returned to England  after a holiday in Romania in July 2012.

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