Spalding centre reels from attacks by ‘scumbags’

Business boss Diana Gajek has been angered by attacks on her premises. SG120116-103TW
Business boss Diana Gajek has been angered by attacks on her premises. SG120116-103TW

The boss of a Polish translation service says some of her fellow countrymen are “scumbags” that she would send home following the latest attack on her premises.

A perspex projecting sign, a small flagpole and a CCTV camera were trashed on Thursday – and there was a human poo on the pavement outside The Polish Help Centre in Spalding’s Abbey Path.

The Polish Help Centre before its signs and camera were trashed.

The Polish Help Centre before its signs and camera were trashed.

Poo was also daubed on the shop window.

Boss Diana Gajek says her business is regularly targeted by street drinkers who shelter under the canopy, throw empty drinks cans through an adjoining metal fence and urinate against her shop wall.

Police are investigating Thursday’s damage and Diana has also approached South Holland District Council to see if the town’s CCTV system can cover her business so cuplrits are caught on camera and taken to court.

Diana (40) said: “Basically they are scumbags that I would send back home. They take JSA (Jobseeker’s Allowance) if they can and they drink.

The problem is these kind of people are ruining our reputation as Polish people because most Polish people work hard and they are normal people just trying to survive and live a normal life.

Diana Gajek

“Normal people wouldn’t do things like that and that’s the truth.

“It’s not only the Polish that drink here. There are a few English people and Lithuanians.”

Diana employs five people in her business that was originally set up four years ago as The Polish Education Centre.

It changed its name as the business now focuses on translation services for the many hardworking Polish people who have settled here and offers accountancy for lorry drivers, with Polish, Lithuanian and some English customers.

The Polish Help Centre after the attack - the signs are gone and a CCTV camera hangs by its wire.

The Polish Help Centre after the attack - the signs are gone and a CCTV camera hangs by its wire.

In the summer, hundreds of pounds were spent on a smart new shop front – including the signs that were damaged – but repeated attacks are spoiling the look of the place.

Miss Gajek said: “They are ruining our jobs and making our office look ugly. It puts people off.”

She said one of the damaged shop signs was left hanging on one screw in Thursday’s attack and it fell down onto the pavement while they were working in the shop.

“Luckily no one was passing by who could be killed,” she said.

Miss Gajek says anti-social acts by a few are harming hardworking people from her country.

She said: “The problem is these kind of people are ruining our reputation as Polish people because most Polish people work hard and they are normal people just trying to survive and live a normal life.”

Spalding-based police inspector Jo Reeves told us: “We are investigating the criminal damage at the Polish shop and a CSI (crime scene investigator) officer recently visited the premises to gather forensic evidence.

“We regularly patrol Abbey Path and Gore Lane in relation to street drinkers and have recently had static patrols for 15 minutes at a time at several points throughout the day.

“Despite this we have only located one street drinker in this time.

“It is important that people call it in at the time they see incidents of crime or ASB (anti-social behaviour) so that we can ensure resources are allocated at the appropriate times and places.

“Whilst it is evident street drinking has not disappeared, it has been considerably reduced in all locations across the town.

“It should be remembered that drinking in the street, in isolation, is not an offence and that we can only invoke powers under the DPPO (Designated Public Places Order) if ASB is related to the drinking.

“Clearly in the case of defecation in a public place this would be true but, on many occasions, there may be no ASB or crime linked to their behaviour which makes it very difficult for us to deal with other than through education and advice.”