THREE migrants who were committing crimes and sleeping rough in Spalding have been kicked out of the country.
A 39-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman were put on a plane on Saturday, followed by a 33-year-old man on Sunday. All three were sent home to Lithuania.
Spalding and South Holland MP who campaigned for the troublemakers’ removal said the action sent out a clear message that the town will not tolerate those who see living here without a job or home and committing crime as an “easy option”.
The Lithuanians, who had been responsible for a catalogue of petty crime and anti-social behaviour and provoking numerous complaints to police and the district council, were all served papers on June 17.
They were given 29 days to exercise their treaty rights, which meant they must either be working, studying or self sufficient, or to return home voluntarily.
They did neither and were detained by the UK Border Agency last Tuesday, initially at Spalding Police Station, before being moved to Immigration Removal Centres to await their weekend flights.
Mr Hayes said he had contacted the Immigration Minister Damien Green after being approached by the police and South Holland District Council about the problems of homeless migrants, asking him to extend a pilot scheme currently being run in Peterborough enabling officials to send them home.
Mr Green said the scheme could not be extended until results had been evaluated, but suggested Mr Hayes contact the UK Border Agency if individuals were causing harm to themselves and others.
He said: “I sent them a list of individuals who were, without exception, either drink or drug addicts known to local police and magistrates and said there was a strong case for removing them.
“This is good news because it sends out a strong message that it is not appropriate to be in Spalding without a job and home and causing a nuisance and committing crime.
“When people are arrested five, ten even 15 times, it is not appropriate for them to be in Spalding and it’s great that they have been returned to where they came from.
“If migrants are coming here to work and become responsible members of society, that’s fine, but not on the basis of it being easier to be unemployed her than it is in their own country.”
“We will keep an eye on those who are still in Spalding and if it is felt is necessary I will work with the police and the other agencies involved to do what is right for the people of Spalding.”
Mr Hayes said another migrant is in custody and in the process of being sent home, while two others on his original list have since left the area and three have gained employment, although they are still being monitored.