Traders and councillors have welcomed the decision to throw a “notorious repeat offender” jailed for breaking into a Spalding shoe shop out of the UK.
Lucasz Jalocha (26) was deported back to Poland on June 9 on “public policy” grounds after he admitted burgling Revills Shoe Shop in Francis Street last September.
Police also revealed that Jalocha had been repeatedly arrested over the last four years in connection with other burglaries, thefts and drug-related crimes in the Spalding area.
Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “People from within the European Economic Area who have been in the country for longer than three months have to be working, studying or self-sufficient in order to have a right to stay, as required by European Union law.
“Those who don’t have any genuine prospect of doing so are expected to return home.
“Those who choose not to do this voluntarily or who have adopted offending behaviour, as was the case with Jalocha, can be forced to do so under a number of powers.
“This case is about using the immigration laws to our benefit and dealing effectively with those who have a harmful effect on our communities.”
A statement from the Crescent Traders Association, which includes Revills Shoe Shop, said: “We support the action of Insp Tyner who has worked hard to get a notorious repeat offender sent back to Poland.
“Spalding residents and shopkeepers need protecting from people like this, so well done Lincolnshire Police.”
Jalocha was deported after a joint operation between Lincolnshire Police and Home Office Immigration Enforcement which is normally applied to people from European Economic Area countries such as Austria, Croatia, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Romania who are jailed for two years or more in the UK. South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter said: “The local police should be congratulated for their work on this because if we are to get people to accept the benefits of inward migration of economically active people, then there must be a robust way of dealing with those who come into our community and refuse to abide by our rules.
“This case shows that our local police, and now the Home Office, are doing their bit in a way that all of us appreciate.”
Alison Spowage, assistant director for Home Office Immigration Enforcement East Midlands, said: “This case shows that we work closely with Lincolnshire Police to take strong action against those who engage in serious or persistent criminality and abuse our immigration laws.”