A 28-year-old man from Spalding branded as a “persistent” street drinker by police has been kicked out of the UK.
Dawid Szumlanski, formerly of Spring Street, was expelled from the country on Tuesday January 13 under an Administrative Removal order issued by the Home Office.
Szumlanski, originally from Poland, is now unable to come back to the UK for at least one year, although he can apply to return here after that.
Lincoln magistrates had previously fined Szumlanski a total of £130 on December 19 for breaching a direction by police to leave Sheep Market, Spalding.
South Holland Community Policing Inspector Jim Tyner said: “Szumlanski blighted Spalding with his persistent street drinking and he was also convicted of shop theft during the Operation Washer period in December.”
Operation Washer was a 24-day police initiative last month aimed at preventing and deterring crime in Spalding town centre in the run-up to Christmas.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are creating a system that is, on the one hand, fair to British citizens and those who want to come here legitimately to contribute to our national life, but tough on those who flout the rules.
“We have rolled out new enforcement powers to tackle abuse of free movement rights and EU nationals who are removed from the UK for not exercising Treaty rights by, for example, begging or rough sleeping, are unable to re-enter the UK for 12 months following removal unless they have a valid reason to be here.”