Drunk jailed un­der new squat­ting laws

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A POL­ISH man who moved to Bri­tain to find work has be­come one of the first peo­ple in the UK to be jailed for squat­ting.

Ex-sol­dier Michael Mi­nor­czyk, 27, was ar­rested af­ter re­fus­ing re­quests to leave an empty house.

The Pol­ish im­mi­grant set­tled in the UK in 2005 only to end up home­less and an al­co­holic.

He was pros­e­cuted fol­low­ing the scrap­ping of squat­ters rights in Septem­ber last year.

Mi­nor­czyk pleaded guilty to a squat­ting of­fence at Black­burn mag­is­trates court un­der new laws and was jailed for 15 weeks.

Cops found Mi­nor­czyk – who ad­mit­ted drink­ing up to six litres of cider a day – at a boarded-up prop­erty in Black­burn.

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