Squatter deported after string of offences

By Gary Smee 03/04 Updated: 05/04 16:19

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A POLISH squatter arrested almost 20 times during his two years in the country has been deported.

Pawel Ziobro was part of a group of street drinkers who caused misery to residents of Briar Close in Evesham by using a derilict building as a squat.

The 23-year-old, of no fixed abode, was ordered to leave last Friday (March 30) by the UK Border Agency under legislation which means European nationals living in other EU countries who are not working and unable to support themselves can be deported.

It follows the deportation of Mr Ziobro's twin brother Piotr in February.

Since arriving in Worcestershire in late 2009 the Ziorbo brothers mostly slept rough and were involved in a string of violent and disorder incidents along with thefts and using threatening words and behaviour in both Evesham and Worcester.

In that time, Pawel was arrested 18 times and convicted of seven offences including theft of alcohol, public order and obstructing the police, while Piotr was arrested 21 times and convicted of more than 30 offences.

Sgt Carl Jones of Worcester Police said: "We welcome law-abiding immigrants who come to work, but we are looking to use this piece of Europe-wide legislation to deport those who, instead of contributing to society, are actively involved in crime and disorder.

"The Ziobro brothers have been a thorough nuisance in both Worcester and Evesham for two years, causing numerous incidents of violence and disorder, usually when drunk.

"In Evesham, Pawel was a well-known street drinker who was also part of group who squatted in the empty buildings in Briar Close, which have since been demolished because of the disorder originating from them.

"In Worcester, Pawel also imposed himself on a flat in Dines Green to the annoyance of neighbours, and with disregard for the feelings of the tenant. He won't be missed and his deportation is very good news.

"This pair is not typical of the Polish community in Worcestershire and their behaviour was also damaging the reputation of our eastern European communities. I know that people in the local Polish community are pleased to see them gone.

"Their removal will protect from harm homeless people, who are a vulnerable group and were targeted by the Ziobro brothers, and it will also be welcomed by the local shopkeepers who they stole from."

In 2010/11 the UK Border Agency removed more than 4,200 immigrants who had caused crime in the region.

Derek Kay, UK Border Agency West Mercia local immigration team, added: "We are closing the net on people like the Ziobro brothers who are sleeping rough and engaging in anti-social behaviour.

"They might think that because they are from a European Union country we cannot remove them. But, working with the police, we are taking these people off the streets and putting them on a plane back to their home countries."

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