- Only Cyprus, France, Malta, Austria and Ireland have sex offence database.
- Means convicted rapists can arrive in UK without officials knowing crimes.
- Campaigners, including Kate McCann, now calling for EU-wide scheme.
- Comes after case of Eduard Peticky, 48, who trafficked youngsters in Rotherham after being convicted of gang rape in Slovakia.
Rapists and child abusers convicted in EU countries are free to come to Britain because just six member states have sex offender registers.
As well as the UK, only Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Austria and France keep a database of those who have been convicted of sex crimes.
The UK’s version of the register – which lists the names of more than 46,000 offenders – means police can apply for an order to stop those listed going abroad.
But the same system does not exist in 22 EU countries, meaning convicted rapists are able to arrive in the UK without authorities being aware of their depraved past.
Campaigners are now calling for an EU-wide scheme which allows details of sex offenders to be shared across borders. Kate McCann, the mother of missing Madeleine, is among those fighting for change. Portugal and Spain are already setting up similar schemes.
Labour Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper told the Daily Mirror: ‘European countries need to work together to protect the public.’
The calls come following the case of Slovakian sex offender Eduard Peticky, 48, who moved to the UK just days after being released from prison for gang rape.
He was jailed earlier this month for a series of heinous sex crimes against young children in Rotherham.
Jailing him for life, Judge Peter Kelson QC said improvements were needed in providing courts with the previous convictions of EU nationals who are involved in criminal proceedings in the UK.
He said the prosecution and police had ‘acted with the utmost urgency in trying to obtain the relevant information’ but that it had taken 13 months to find out that he was a ‘dangerous repeat offender’.
He added: ‘It is an inevitable consequence of freedom of movement but somehow something must be done to improve the obtaining of criminal records and proof of them for criminal proceedings.’
The NSPCC also believes there is ‘gaping hole’ in child protection, adding: ‘UK agencies inform other countries when known sex offenders travel aboard. It should work in reverse.’
Peticky had been jailed in 1988 for more than eight years after raping two women in a park with two accomplices while living in Slovakia.
After being released, he travelled to England in 2008 for a ‘better life’. He was allowed to stay because authorities were unaware of his convictions for rape, sexual abuse and robbery in his home country.
While in the UK, Peticky trafficked a young girl for sex before abusing her himself.
The youngster, who said that she was five when the incident happened, was so terrified she wet herself and was sick with fear.
He also sexually abused a boy when the child was aged between three and five years old.
In September 2013, the victims disclosed what had happened to them to a trusted adult and an investigation began.
His brother Ludovit Peticky was jailed for 12 years for offences against the same two children and a third victim, who was between 10 and 11.
The offences took place between 2010 and 2012 in the Eastwood area of Rotherham.
Judge Kelson said Eduard Peticky ‘poses a significant risk to members of the public’ and his case was ‘one of the utmost gravity’.
According to figures in Slovakia, UK authorities took 121 children away from their citizens in 2014.
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘Foreign criminals have no place in the United Kingdom and this Government is using all the resources available to protect the British public.
‘In the last five years, we have strengthened the UK’s ability to request and obtain criminal records data from other countries about foreign nationals who are arrested in the UK.
‘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.’
source: Mail Online