A convicted burglar sentenced to two years in jail earlier this year has been deported back to his home country Latvia.
Pavel Zukovs (23), who was convicted of a series of burglaries in Spalding, has been removed from Lincoln prison and served with deportation papers.
He has been given a ten-year banning order from entering the UK.
On April 5, Zukovs, formerly from Kellett Gate, Low Fulney, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court and received two years imprisonment for a series of burglaries in Spalding.
He was charged on February 1 after being arrested for a daytime burglary at Hawthorn Bank, Spalding. He had gained entry by walking in through an insecure conservatory door and was disturbed by the householder.
He was further charged with another domestic dwelling burglary plus three non-dwelling burglaries, all of which he accessed via insecure doors, making up an excuse for being at the location when challenged.
Spalding Community Policing Inspector Jim Tyner said: “‘This is excellent news and is the result of a lot of hard work behind the scenes with various agencies.
“Zukovs’ conviction was as a result of some excellent teamwork between our community policing teams and our detective teams.
“By targeting the people that cause us the most harm we have seen a 30 per cent reduction in burglaries across South Holland.”
At the time of the conviction, Insp Tyner said: “It should be noted, however, that on every occasion Zukovs entered properties through insecure doors.
“This should serve as a reminder to people to tighten up on security and don’t make it easy for burglars”.
HOME OFFICE GUIDELINES ON DEPORTATION
European Economic Area (EEA*) nationals who commit serious criminal offences can be deported from the UK.
Decisions on whether to deport are taken on a case by case basis and must be an appropriate and proportionate response to the crime or crimes that have taken place.
Where an EEA national commits an offence in the UK, they will be considered for deportation if they receive a custodial sentence of 12 months or more for an offence involving drugs, violence or sexual crimes or a custodial sentence of 24 months or more for any offence.
In 2012 the Home Office removed more than 4,500 foreign national offenders.
* The EEA incorporates all the European countries except Croatia, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.