UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel has told the UK Daily Mail newspaper that killers, rapists and paedophiles were among those who dodged deportation to Jamaica on Wednesday.

She says more than 100 offenders avoided deportation from the UK, on what she claims were ‘meritless’ legal claims.

Ms Patel is blaming ‘political interventions’ for stopping the deportations.

She told the Daily Mail that meritless late legal claims and political interventions mean killers, rapists and child abusers who violated the country’s laws and values are still on the streets of Britain.

She argued that the UK’s Nationality and Borders Act is now law and they’re in the process of making reforms that will end the cycle of last-minute claims and appeals that can delay removals.

The new measures will require all legal arguments to be submitted at the beginning of a case, disallowing later attempts to make new claims.

Seven Jamaicans with a total of 127 convictions were aboard the Home Office charter flight which arrived in the island on Wednesday.