At least seven people set to be deported to Jamaica have been granted a last-minute reprieve, with dozens more put on a charter flight for removal, according to activists.
Campaigners working with those due to be deported by the Home Office believe up to 40 people were on a flight from Birmingham to the island’s capital Kingston that took off on Wednesday morning.
A Home Office spokesperson confirmed that 29 “serious foreign criminals were flown to Jamaica on a chartered flight”, ranging in age from early 20s to late 50s.
The spokesperson added: “The crimes committed by the individuals include murder, rape and serious violence. The total combined sentence of their crimes is over 150 years’ imprisonment.
“The law requires that we seek to deport foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes in the UK. This ensures we keep the public safe.”
The criminal convictions of those deported included:
:: 4 convicted of a sex offence, including rape
:: 6 convicted of violent crime, including GBH
:: 1 convicted of murder
:: 1 convicted of attempted murder
:: 14 convicted of drug offences, including supplying class A drugs
:: 1 convicted of robbery
:: 3 convicted of firearm and weapons offences
:: 1 convicted of dangerous driving
Source: Sky News UK