IMMIGRATION officials have deported two Polish brothers who carried out a string of burglaries, thefts and public order offences in and around Harrogate.
Jacek and Marek Olszewski were arrested and detained in November during a joint operation in the town involving Immigration Enforcement and North Yorkshire Police.
Jacek, 37, and Marek, 41, had been convicted of burglary, shoplifting, public order and other offences. The pair were deported to Poland earlier this month, having refused a request to return to Poland voluntarily.
Jacek entered the UK in 2008 and Marek in 2014. Their deportation means they are banned from re-entering the UK for ten years. A third brother, Ludwig Olszewski was deported last August.
Anita Bailey, Home Office deputy director for immigration enforcement, said: “These two individuals have blighted the local community with their criminal behaviour. We will not stand by and allow this to continue.
“Foreign criminals who abuse their stay in the UK should know that we will take decisive action to ensure they are returned to their home country.
“We would always rather that people leave voluntarily. If they do not, we will enforce their departure.”
Supt Mike Walker of North Yorkshire Police said: “The Olszewski brothers’ criminal and antisocial behaviour has been utterly disgraceful and has had a detrimental impact on the quality of life in Harrogate.
“Following an intelligence-led operation by North Yorkshire Police and working in partnership with Yorkshire and Humber Immigration Enforcement, we have rightly been able to secure their deportation back to Poland.
“This shows the determination of North Yorkshire Police and Immigration Enforcement to use every available power to take action against foreign national criminals who cause significant problems in the UK, including those from countries within the European Union.”