Stab case leads to border control call

BRITAIN'S border control was today branded a “disgrace” after a wanted Polish man was able to enter the UK and went on to stab a teenager in Ipswich.Damian Brauer was jailed for a minimum of 27 months for stabbing Matthew Buckman ten times in the neck and back, causing life-threatening injuries.

BRITAIN'S border control was today branded a “disgrace” after a wanted Polish man was able to enter the UK and went on to stab a teenager in Ipswich.

Damian Brauer was jailed for a minimum of 27 months for stabbing Matthew Buckman ten times in the neck and back, causing life-threatening injuries.

Ipswich Crown Court was told that at the time of the attack, the 21-year-old, who was living in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, was on the run from Polish police after being sentenced to five-and-a-half years for two robberies and possession of drugs.

The Home Office said today it did not know if any checks were done in Brauer's case but defended its general policy on ensuring all those that enter the country are checked against the Border and Immigration Agency database.

But Ipswich council leader Liz Harsant was angered by the case. She said: “I think this situation is absolutely disgraceful.

“We welcome Polish guests here - they are hard-working and contribute to society. But this kind of case can give the community a bad name.

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“There have to be closer checks at our borders to ensure that people who are on the run are not just able to come into the country.

“I feel sorry for the Poles here that this person was allowed in by our authorities and has damaged the good name of their community as a whole.”

A Border and Immigration Agency spokesman said: “EU nationals are entitled to move freely throughout the European Union, except where their exclusion is justified on the grounds of public policy, public security or public health.

“All passengers including those from the EU are checked against the Border and Immigration Agency database on arrival in the United Kingdom.

“We strongly believe that foreign nationals should be held to account and be sent home when they have no right to be here. Last year we deported one person every eight minutes.”

But today the department admitted it could find no trace of when Brauer entered the country.

Mr Buckman, then 19, of Padstow Road, Kesgrave, had been in Ipswich town centre with his friend, 16-year-old Kurtis Pack, when they met Brauer in the early hours of May 27 last year.

It was heard that after a scuffle in the street, Brauer went home, armed himself with a knife and recruited another man to return to the town centre to seek revenge.

Brauer pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause Mr Buckman grievous bodily harm with a knife. Slawomir Inczewski, 25, denied the same offence and was acquitted by an Ipswich Crown Court jury.

Judge John Devaux said Brauer would not be released from prison until he was deemed to no longer be a danger to the public.

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