Abusive Polish rough sleeper sent packing

Thursday 14 February 2013 Updated: 14/02 16:25

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A ROUGH sleeper who bullied and abused other homeless people in Worcester has been sent back to Poland.

Piotr Kij - who had been arrested 34 times and convicted of 28 offences since arriving in the city in 2010 - was removed by the UK Border Agency at the request of West Mercia Police.

The 37-year-old was not employed and had no accommodation, so UKBA officers served him with papers as an immigration offender, telling him he faced enforced removal. He left voluntarily last week.

Under legislation European nationals living in other European Economic Area countries who are not working and unable to support themselves can be deported.

Since arriving in Worcester, Kij has mostly slept rough and was involved in many incidents involving violence and disorder, as well as thefts and using threatening words and behaviour.

Sergeant Carl Jones of the Cathedral Local Policing Team, which covers Worcester city centre, said: “We welcome law-abiding immigrants who come to work in Worcester, but we’re using this piece of Europe-wide legislation to deport those who, instead of contributing to society, are actively involved in crime and disorder."

“Since arriving in Worcester, Kij has been consistently violent and offensive, usually when drunk, to the extent he was considered one of our priority offenders in South Worcestershire."

“He was a particular threat to other homeless people, bullying and threatening them to get what he wanted."

“He also dragged other people, especially some susceptible people from the Polish community, into his destructive way of life. For example, he was a ringleader of a collection of hardcore drinkers who met at Lowesmoor Wharf and caused many problems."

“This man is not typical of the Polish community in Worcester and his behaviour was damaging the reputation of our eastern European communities. I know that people in the local Polish community are pleased to see him gone."

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