"SIR – The case of Jeremy Forrest, the maths teacher who travelled to France with his pupil (report, October 1), highlights why it would be foolhardy for David Cameron to opt out of EU measures on crime and policing. It is a clear demonstration that the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is a critical tool for the British police. The warrant offered Sussex Police a simple, rapid and cost-effective method of mobilising police support across the Continent.
Mr Forrest’s speedy return is in stark contrast to the days before the EAW, when the extradition process and delays meant that even Trevor Masters, a convicted sex offender, could argue for two years in the French courts before being returned to captivity in Britain.
Our police forces rightly recognise that the EAW is a useful tool in their armoury; it has been used to bring serious criminals – such as the London bomber Hussain Osman – back to these shores to face justice. We should not lose or dilute this vital tool for the sake of political rhetoric.
Sir Graham Watson MEP (Lib Dem)
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