It has been alleged by the Daily Express & Mail rise comes despite overall fall in crime recorded over past five years.
Rural police see biggest increase in foreigner nationals arrested
The number of foreign nationals arrested in Britain has almost doubled in just three years, police figures show.
And the biggest rises are among rural forces, such as Kent and Cambridgeshire.
In the worst-affected rural areas, arrests of non-Britons have soared nearly four-fold since 2006.
A total of 91,234 foreign nationals were arrested last year on suspicion of crimes including murder, burglary and sex offences. In contrast, the figure for 2008 was 51,899 and 81,625 in 2009.
And the true number is likely to be much higher, as only 19 out of the 52 police forces provided the figures, in response to Freedom of Information requests.
For the country’s biggest force, the Metropolitan Police, foreign-national arrests more than doubled. Scotland Yard recorded 24,264 in 2008, but last year the total reached 58,870.
Critics blame surging migration for placing a huge burden on forces, which are already facing cuts.
Peter Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: ‘I’m not surprised it’s so high because London is getting more diverse by the day.
‘It’s a problem when you get someone in who can’t speak English and we wait hours for an expensive interpreter to hear their side of the story. Even in trivial cases where you might be giving a caution, officers could be off the street for five or six hours.’
Kent Police saw arrests rise from 1,075 in 2006 to 4,119 last year. Surrey Police recorded arrests going up from 1,959 in 2006 to 2,079 last year.
For Cambridgeshire Constabulary, these types of arrests rose from 3,316 in 2008 to 4,803 in 2010. In 2007 it made just 1,850. Durham Constabulary saw arrests rise from 65 in 2006 to 474 last year.
The rise comes despite an overall fall in crime recorded during the past five years.
In January 2008, Mike Fuller, then chief constable of Kent, warned that his force was struggling with an ‘immigrant crimewave’. He said surges in migrant numbers had contributed to sharp increases in violent crime.
An Association of Chief Police Officers spokesman said: ‘The growing number of new communities has certainly brought greater complexity to the pattern of crime and have contributed to already stretched resources.’
Hugh Robertson, Conservative MP for Mid Kent, said: ‘These figures are deeply concerning. Immigration is a key issue that many people in my constituency speak to me about and it’s a very emotive subject. It may be that the rise in arrests is linked to the mass increase in immigration but it’s hard to say for sure.’
Official figures show 5,235 foreign national prisoners were deported last year.
Nearly one in seven of the 85,000 inmates in England and Wales was born overseas.
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘When people commit a crime they should feel the full force of the law regardless of their nationality. We are committed to removing foreign law breakers from the UK.’