All newsagent’s staff were illegal workers.

Posted: June 15, 2010 in Law & Disorder

A Norwich newsagents was forced to close on Tuesday (8 June) when all three members of staff were arrested by UK Border Agency officers.

Officers from the local immigration team for Norfolk carried out an intelligence led visit at St Johns News in St Johns Close shortly after 1400 hrs.

Immigration checks revealed that the two members of staff, plus the newspaper delivery person who had just returned from his rounds, were all in the UK illegally.

The three men – a 46-year-old, a 35-year-old and a 45-year-old – were all from Sri Lanka and had overstayed their visas.

A further illegal immigrant – a 27-year-old failed asylum seeker from India – was found in the accommodation above the shop.

All four men were arrested and have been placed in detention while arrangements are made for their removal from the UK.

Talking about UK Border Agency they seem to be doing their bit to get Britain out of debt.

A British man caught by our officers attempting to smuggle more than £44,000 through Stansted Airport has lost the money following a forfeiture hearing.

On Tuesday (9 June) Ipswich Magistrates Court ruled that Erdogan Adanir, 44, should lose the £44,101.24.(I thought he was described as British?)

Adanir, of Vauxhall Street, London, was stopped by officers at the airport on 14 July last year as he attempted to board a flight to Gaziantep in Turkey.

Searches found the cash distributed within his hand and hold luggage. In an attempt to evade detection he had wrapped the money in tin foil bundles.

At the time Adanir insisted all the money was his but offered no explanation as to how he had come by such a large amount and it was detained under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Adanir later claimed he had borrowed the money from 10 of his friends and family members to invest in property in Turkey.

However, the court judged that Adanir’s friends and family had invented the loans in a misguided attempt to support him.

As well as the cash forfeiture, the court ruled that Adanir and the 10 people supposed to have loaned him the money must also pay costs of £11,167.

John Chelchowski, senior investigating officer, criminal and financial investigations team, UK Border Agency said:

‘UK Border Agency officers are working hard at all our ports to prevent drugs, contraband or the potential proceeds of crime from entering or leaving the UK.

‘Where we suspect that cash may be linked with criminal activity, we have the power to seize it. If, as in this case, the individual concerned is unable to provide evidence of the source and intended use of the money the cash will be forfeited.’

Anyone leaving the UK with more than £1,000 in cash must provide evidence for the source and intended use of the money or face having it detained.

Following court orders any money detained is held for up to six months at a time while investigations are under way. It may then be ordered as forfeit and returned to the public purse if shown to be associated with criminal activity.


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