A nuisance drinker who roamed the streets with a bag of his own vomit has been sent back to his home country in what is believed to be a British first.
Henryk Kujawa was sent back to his native Poland having been detained in West Bromwich town centre by police and officials from the UK Borders Agency. He was later put on a flight at Heathrow Airport. The move is the latest in an ongoing blitz on people getting drunk on streets in the town centre and sparking complaints from scared locals.
West Bromwich Central neighbourhood policing team worked with health experts to secure the 56-year-old help with his addiction, but officers turned to immigration laws when he refused support and continued to harass law-abiding people. "Kujawa would intimidate young women and older people to the point where they would hand over cash just to make him go away. He would then use this money to fuel his alcohol addiction," said Sergeant Gavin Peever, who is in charge of the area.
"In the last incident reported to police, he was spotted stumbling around the town's main streets carrying a bag filled with vomit. He refused countless offers of help and support from police and other agencies leaving us with no option but to utilise tough immigration laws which mean he was removed from the country. This was an extraordinary step for my officers to take but it must be remembered that Kujawa was an extraordinary individual," added Sgt Peever.