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Eastern European rough sleepers win High Court fight against deportation move

A Latvian and two Poles win a legal battle with Amber Rudd after complaining about discrimination.

Three eastern European men have won a High Court fight with Home Office ministers after being told they could be deported as a result of sleeping rough.

Latvian Gunars Gureckis and Poles Mariusz Cielecki and Mariusz Perlinski said ministers had adopted a policy on rough sleepers from other European Union member states which was unjustified and discriminatory.

Lawyers representing the Home Office disagreed and disputed the men’s claims.

But a judge on Thursday concluded that the policy was unlawful.

Mrs Justice Lang, who analysed the case at a High Court hearing in London in November, advised Home Secretary Amber Rudd to “take stock”.

Lawyers said the judge had to consider whether a “right to reside” granted under European Union law was being abused by rough sleepers from other European countries.

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