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    [h=1]More than 150 people caught after rioting swept across UK ‘were foreign nationals and will be deported’[/h] Last updated at 4:47 PM on 19th August 2011

    At least 150 foreign rioters and looters who caused chaos on the streets will be deported as part of a Government pledge to get tough on troublemakers.

    Those involved will be thrown out of Britain ‘at the earliest opportunity’, Immigration Minister Damian Green has said.
    The decision matches the tough treatment laid down by police, magistrates and judges on hundreds of rioters across Britain.

    [​IMG] Deportation: Riot police face a mob in Hackney, north London on August 8, and the Government has pledged to deport any foreign nationals involved in any of the civil disorder

    The plan for the 150 non-British citizens was revealed by the Evening Standard today.
    Among those accused of taking part in the disorder is a failed asylum seeker who is alleged to have stolen clothes and cash from the Walthamstow branch of department store BHS.

    Algerian national Abderazak Boussag, 23, was arrested after police found the fingerprint of his teenage co-defendant at the store and raided his home in Leyton.

    Tough line: Damian Green, Immigration Minister says that foreigners will be deported 'at the earliest opportunity'

    Immigration Minister Damian Green said: ‘We strongly believe that foreign national lawbreakers should be removed from the UK at the earliest opportunity. We also have the power to cancel the visas of foreign nationals found guilty of criminal activity, and this is something we will be looking to do when these cases arise.
    ‘Last week saw unprecedented criminality on our streets and the courts are now dispensing firm justice to ensure that those responsible are punished.’
    Offenders can use the Human Rights Act to appeal against deportation on grounds that they are entitled to a family life or to avoid the risk of torture. Many of these appeals succeed.
    The latest hard-line response to the riots was criticised by some Liberal Democrat backbenchers.
    Bradford East MP David Ward accused Mr Green of headline-grabbing and said each case should be dealt with on its merits.
    ‘This almost seems to be a competition to see who can come out with the most macho response,’ Mr Ward said. ‘To have a blanket policy for all is just nonsense.’
    Tom Brake, Lib-Dem home affairs spokesman, said the Government would ‘need to exercise caution’, particularly in cases where foreigners have families established in the UK.
    Lib-Dems have attacked David Cameron’s calls for ‘zero tolerance’ to street crime and his backing for long sentences being handed down by the courts.

    [​IMG] Firm: Riot police had to withstand fires and intense violence on the streets

    Plans to strip away benefits have also been described as ‘bonkers’ by Wells MP Tessa Munt, while there has also been opposition to removing council homes from troublemakers.
    The UK Border Agency has revealed that about 150 of the 2,800 arrested over rioting so far are thought to be foreign nationals, though it stressed these were only preliminary figures.
    Under immigration rules, criminals from outside Europe are automatically put forward for deportation if they are sentenced to 12 months in prison.
    The same applies to Europeans given a 12-month sentence for drugs, violent or sexual crimes, or 24 months for other crimes.

    [​IMG] Looting erupted during riots in Manchester city centre, one of the many places where violence broke out this month

    But courts can recommend deportation in other instances, and the UK Border Agency is able to revoke visas for anyone found guilty of criminal activity. Research today showed courts are handing down prison sentences that are on average 25 per cent longer than normal.
    Analysis of court records by the Guardian also suggested the majority of those who have been through the justice system so far live in poor neighbourhoods, with 41 per cent of suspects living in one of the top 10 most deprived places in the country.
    Figures were set to show the prison population has risen by 700 in the past week to hit record levels, raising fears jails will soon be full.
    Prison Governors Association president Eoin McLennan-Murray said there were 1,500 empty prison places available, but the Ministry of Justice is drawing up contingency plans in case space runs out.
    Figures released on Wednesday showed that so far 1,297 people had appeared in court charged with offences linked to the riots, with two- thirds remanded in custody.

    [​IMG] Rioters stand in front of a burning barricade in Liverpool, when chaos reigned on the streets during the first and second weeks of August