Wednesday, January 10, 2007

UK Offenders in foreign countries, a quick example

A recent story to do with UK citizens commiting criminal offences abroad has inspired me to put together a quick example.

The Situation
Criminal is caught in foreign country, goes to jail for a sexual offence, is released, returns to the UK.

Scenario 1
He shows his passport, gives his address it is noted down. This data is sent to the home office, the criminal records bureau (CRB) note down his passport number, name and address.

He returns to the UK, moves to a new house and applies for a new passport. He applies for a job at a local school. Gives over his passport and driving licence for a background check. CRB perform a detailed search and find nothing (his passport number is new, his driving licence was never noted, his addresss has changed) since there is no way of tyeing this person back to the crime abroad. He gets the job.

Scenario 2
He shows his passport, gives his address it is noted down. This data is sent to the home office, the criminal records bureau note down his passport number, name and address. They track down his identity record in the National Identity record, the CRB record his national identity number.

He returns to the UK, moves to a new house and applies for a new passport. He applies for a job at a local school. Gives over his ID card for a background check. CRB perform a quick search, find the record of the crime abroad. He is refused the job.

ID cards, keeping citizens safe.

citizenandreas [at] slick47 [dot] co [dot] uk

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