A 78 year old woman was violently attacked by a Slovakian career criminal after he was allowed to enter the UK under EU freedom of movement rules.
Mario Stojka, who is wanted in his home country, has a string of criminal convictions and served several jail terms for street muggings, the Express reports.
He fled to Britain in 2012 to avoid the Slovak justice system and since he has been living here has been caught twice by police for shoplifting.
Yet despite his criminal CV both here and abroad, he was allowed to roam the streets looking for new victims.
He attacked Jean Crowther on the street and tried to rip her watch and jewellery from her arm and neck before snatching £200 from her handbag, Bradfored Crown Court heard.
Mrs Crowther is now too scared to leave her home alone.
This is the latest in a long line of attacks by foreign criminals who have been allowed to enter this country thanks to Brussels rules. Others include the suspected murderer of teenager Alice Gross.
Officials believe hundreds of thousands of foreign criminals live in the UK undetected because border police have no right to turn them away even if they were aware of their criminal records.