Man arrested by Northants Police has murder conviction in Latvia

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FOREIGN conviction check made by an officer following a minor offence, uncovered convic tions for GBH and murder, resulting in a deportation order for the offenders removal from the UK.

Vytautas Siaulys, 38, of St Leonard s Road, Far Cotton, Northampton, was arrested in March on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

While no further action was taken in relation to this arrest, a foreign conviction check to the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Criminal Records Office (ACRO), which has access to overseas police files, was submitted.

The check revealed that Siaulys had previous convictions in Lithuania for GBH and murder and had previously been sentenced to two-and-a-half years and eight years respectively.

Custody Sergeant Matt Bailey based at Corby Police Station, worked with Immigration Enforcement, who started deportation proceedings resulting in officers arresting Siaulys on Wednesday, 24 June.

He currently has a deportation order against him and is being held in detention pending his deportation from the UK.

Sergeant Matt Bailey, from Northamptonshire Police, said:  This was a normal arrest for a relatively minor offence, that wouldn t ordinarily send any warning flags.

 With any arrest of a British national, we would routinely do a check on the Police National Computer (PNC), however, foreign nationals do not normally appear on PNC therefore any history of arrest in another country would not necessarily come up.

 This prompted an ACRO check which is routine and, surprisingly, it came back with two serious convictions in Lithuania.

 Identifying this information and the following arrest is a good result for us and removes a potentially dangerous person from the community.

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