Rapists and murderers are among hundreds of foreign criminals who have left the Ministry of Interior radar.

The immigration authorities also lost track of foreign nationals convicted of kidnapping, gun possession and robbery.

They had lived in the community when they were kicked out of the country from Britain.

The figures showed 450 foreign offenders (FNOs) who disappeared in the 30 months to the end of June.

Some were later found, but the whereabouts of more than 200 people were unknown for up to two years after the contact with the officials ended.

Conservative MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons Committee on Internal Affairs, described the results as "terrible."

He said, "These figures are very disturbing and confirm the worrying trend that we are a gentle touch in dealing with foreign offenders.

"It is a mystery to me why we do not immediately deport these sometimes very dangerous criminals to their country of origin and let their authorities deal with them.

"The fact that these people escape the watchful eye of the Ministry of Interior and are back on our roads is terrible.

"Innocent people who go about their daily lives could be at risk."

He added, "We must pull out all the stops and remove them from our country as soon as possible because we have abused our hospitality and generosity."

If there is no immediate prospect of deportation or deportation, convicted foreigners who have completed their imprisonment can be administered in the community.

They must report to officials at certain times and they may be subject to detention conditions and electronic surveillance.

Criminals are considered to be fleeing if their whereabouts are unknown and the procedures for reestablishing contact have failed.

Figures obtained under Freedom of Information rules show 251 foreign offenders abducted in 2016, followed by 164 last year and 35 in the first six months of this year.

By the end of June, 223 male FNOs were not found.

Eleven women who fled in 2016 still have to be tracked down, and an indefinite number – up to five absconders – disappeared in the last and first half of this year.

Offenders convicted of murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnapping, gun possession, robbery, conspiracy, fraud, theft, burglary and death by dangerous driving were among the negligence.

Accurate numbers are unknown for most categories of crime – including murder, manslaughter and rape – because the Home Office does not disclose data with five or fewer people to protect the identity of the individual.

The Department also refused to provide information on the nationality of the Absconders, as the disclosure could hamper efforts to deport or remove FNO by undermining border controls and agreements with other countries.

Where statistics were provided, they showed that nine offenders previously convicted of violent crimes had not been found in June after fleeing in 2016.

82 people convicted of drug-related crimes were not found yet.

The Home Office said some of the June's unfounded absconters may have been prosecuted since then.

A report by the Immigration Regulatory Commission revealed shortcomings in the arrangements for the prosecution of foreign criminals living in the Community last year.

Offenders were found to be unable to attend meetings up to 19 times before an alert was triggered and planned distances were often hampered by legal challenges at the last minute.

Many Absconders are tracked in locations abroad and can be prevented from returning to the UK.

They added that it is likely that others have left the country and re-entry will be denied if they try to return.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said: "We always want to deport those who commit crimes and whose behavior seriously threatens the very foundations of society.

"We never stop finding Absconder, which is why we have introduced measures in the Immigration Act 2016 that mean that in the future all non-detained foreigners subject to a deportation or removal order will be considered electronically.

"We have removed more than 44,500 foreign offenders since 2010. This week, as every week, more than 100 foreign criminals are being removed from the UK.

"In 2017 and 18, we removed more than 2,000 FNOs from the prison as part of the premature removal."

A national team has followed more than 2,000 absconders since its inception in 2009.

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