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I might be wanted for theft in the UK, can i re-enter?

Travel Forums General Talk I might be wanted for theft in the UK, can i re-enter?

1. Posted by irine (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


I have been through a very bad experience while i was a student in the UK. i went around with a boy who seemed nice but in the end it all went really bad. He took phone contracts and rented some electronics using my card and address and i let him because we were dating for almost a year.

however, we both returned to our countries once the course got over and i found out he hasnt returned most of the stuff he rented. i got an email from some rental companies informing me of these non-returns. I explained the whole situatuation to them but they told me since it was my name and address they hold me accountable for it and some even mentioned police reports.

i moved out of my accommodation a while ago and i have no clue if the cops went over to look for me or if im in any 'wanted' list. the companies have my card details but i closed my account a day before leaving and frankly, i dont want to pay the charges for all those things he stole.

that boy ofcourse has not bothered to stay in touch or get back to me when i tried contacting him. i have passed on his details to the companies but they dont seem to be interested in my story. he is not from the UK too.

The problem is this, i will be graduating in december and i wish to go back to the UK with my parents for my graduation. however, im too scared right now because of this whole incident. what f i go back and they arrest me at the airport? what if the police are on the lookout for me? can i ever go back to the UK again?

im having sleepless nights because of this problem. please advice.

2. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Call the police here from your country and ask if your wanted for theft. If you explain what you told us to them I'm sure they will understand. However the rental companies will be pissed off still and may have gone out of their way to wreck your credit score (if applicable to you in the UK im unsure). If your staying at the same residential address as where you registered the rented goods the Bailiffs may catch up with you...

Al the best...

3. Posted by irine (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Im too scared to even call the police. if they come to know im returning to UK they might be on alert. the total value of the goods was around 3000 pounds and that is a lot so i guess the rental companies wont have taken it easy. Im so scared, what if they contacted my university and with held my degree? is that possible? i dont know how the legal system works in the UK or for anywhere else for that matter. i was never involved in such activities before.

i did have a credit score and thats how he got those things on my name. he didnt have a credit score so he couldnt get anything on his card.

4. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I think you should call a lawyer in the UK and get some solid advice. Maybe there is one on here. But mostly your just going to get opinions from TP. You need solid facts before you return. That would be my advice. You could probably do so online, even find a legal forum based in the UK.

best wishes.


p.s. Hi again all. :)

5. Posted by lily89 (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Try checking the UK immagration website and see if they got help and advice as similar situations must happen

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I'm with ICE; get some solid legal advice, none of our opinions are any good to you.

Nevertheless, I'll offer my two cents: if this were the Netherlands instead of UK, and the aggrieved companies had filed criminal charges for fraud against you, you would be taken in coercive detention upon re-entry, until outstanding debts are paid. If no charges were filed against you, you'll only face seizure of your property, should a bailiff catch up with you.

7. Posted by Gavsta (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Phone citizens advice, really helpful most of the time ;) volunteer solicitors and such, confidential aswell I think.

8. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Wonder if it was ever resolved.

9. Posted by Gavsta (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Intrigued tbf, probably would just have been a bailif job if she had stayed in the UK but if you leave the UK would that then make it a crime?

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