Killer Freed: Why data sharing is crucial, says David Blunkett

Loopholes: MP David Blunkett.
Loopholes: MP David Blunkett.
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FORMER Home Secretary David Blunkett says information-sharing between police forces worldwide is ‘crucial’ in monitoring criminals like Kajus Scuka.

The MP for Brightside and Hillsborough, in whose constituency Scuka’s Sheffield attacks were committed, was Home Secretary from 2001 to 2004.

He said: “The issue here is loopholes in criminal records and data sharing. Data sharing is crucial - if the police know about people coming into the country they can share data with other agencies, including individuals who might form close relationships with them.

“This is an extraordinary example of why we need checks and, within the bounds of protecting privacy, to be able to share data.

“I will be taking this up and asking questions.”

He added that, after the murders of 10-year-olds Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells in Soham in 2002, there was an overhaul of criminal record sharing practices and a new set of requirements put in place “so police would know about and could share data on those who had demonstrated violence”.

“Someone who murdered his wife should have been flagged up when he came into the country,” he added.