Twelve men were arrested after police and immigration officials raided a Dartford scrap metal yard.
The raid was launched as part of a long-running operation into a suspected stolen car ring.
Officers from Kent Police and the UK Border Agency stormed into A2 Car Breakers in Watling Street, Dartford, at around 11.30am. They were supported by Kent Trading Standards, Dartford Borough Council and had a police helicopter overhead.
Police also imposed a temporary road speed restriction on the coastbound carriageway of the A2 to ensure the safety of anyone trying to escape across the road.
Sgt Tim Ryton, from North Kent’s Tactical Team who led the raid said: “Our information was that stolen cars were being taken to this site and that those working there were in the country illegally. “Despite this being a large site, with around 2,000 vehicles, we were quickly able to contain it and prevent those there from leaving. Working together with officers from the UK Border Agency we were able arrest 12 men on suspicion of being illegal immigrants.”
The men, who claimed to be of Nigerian origin, are now in the hands of the UK Border Agency
Talking about foreigners
A Polish teacher throttled his headmaster after being sacked for chasing a colleague with a pair of scissors.
Arek Bielecki, 33, threatened fellow teacher Michael Thompson and head-butted him after colleagues asked the defendant to stop interrupting a meeting.
Prosecutor Michelle Fawcett said the Pole held the scissors in his hand, making a fist with the blades sticking out, and ran at Mr Thompson. He was persuaded to drop them by the deputy headmaster.
Bielecki was suspended by Monteagle primary in Dagenham following the alleged attack on January 4 and arrested three days later. But after being dismissed, Bielecki returned to the school asking to see head Nicholas Munns.
Once in his office, Bielecki closed the self-locking door and said: “I’m going to kill you.” He then grabbed Mr Munns by the throat and began to squeeze tightly, the court heard. As he turned blue, the head banged his fists on the wall to raise the alarm. Teachers had to force their way in to rescue Mr Munns. Bielecki, of Dagenham, denies affray, actual bodily harm and making a threat to kill. The trial continues.