Just six EU countries have sex offender registers
But in 22 EU countries there is no such system – meaning sex offenders can freely travel to the UK while leaving authorities completely oblivious to their dark histories.
Now campaigners including Kate McCann, the mother of Madeleine who went missing in Portugal, are calling for a scheme to be set up across the whole of the EU.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper told the Mirror: “European countries need to work together to protect the public.”
Official figures released earlier this year revealed that thousands of foreign criminals are walking our streets after escaping deportation.
Almost 4,000 convicted migrants who should have been put on a plane home are still walking the streets.
Labour’s Yvette Cooper has backed calls for an EU-wide register
Some 98 have convictions for crimes such as child sex abuse, murder and rape.
Among these, eight are murderers and 48 are rapists, including eight who raped children.
Ten committed other paedophile crimes.
“Since 2010, checks on foreign nationals going through the UK criminal justice system have increased by more than 1,000 per cent, helping ensure more foreign criminals are taken off our streets and making our communities safer.
“The Government is also providing leadership in Europe, and across the world, on efforts to improve the proactive sharing of information between countries about foreign offenders.”