Slough crackdown on anti-social behaviour leads to deportation

A crackdown on illegal camping and rough sleeping in a Berkshire town has led to a man being deported.

The 33-year-old Polish national was arrested after police and immigration officers visited seven areas in Slough.

A second arrested Polish man was granted immigration bail and 11 others were served with immigration papers in the pre-planned operation.

A Slough neighbourhood policing spokesman said the visits were to tackle "anti-social behaviour" issues.

Seven camps in Slough town centre, Chalvey, by the M4 motorway and Jubilee River were visited by officers from neighbourhood enforcement, Thames Valley Police and Home Office immigration enforcement.

'Low-level crime'

Slough Borough Council said the two Polish men were not working or studying in England, and that one had been sent back to Poland on Saturday.

They were two of 13 people who were found "sleeping in tents, derelict garages and on the street", Ian Blake of the south Slough neighbourhood enforcement team said.

A council spokesman said this was not an operation targeting potential illegal immigrants, but that the 13 people just happened to be foreign nationals who at the time were unable to prove a right to live in England.

Mr Blake said the aim was to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town.

"Areas where people camp or squat illegally often suffer problems with litter, damage to wildlife and low-level crime," he said.

Paul Smith, head of Thames Valley immigration enforcement for the Home Office, said under EU law foreign nationals from within the European Economic Area can be removed if they have been in the country for longer than three months and are not working, studying or self-sufficient.

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