Iranian illegals had their chips.

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Law & Disorder

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Four would-be illegal immigrants were prevented from entering the country illegally after UK Border Agency officers found them hiding inside a lorry load of potatoes bound for Westerham.

The men, all Iranians, were found in an Italian registered lorry at the port of Calais on Thursday December 9 when officers spotted that the lorry’s trailer was not secure. Potatoes from Italy, no wonder our farmers are struggling, ‘dig for Britain’.

The stowaways were handed over to the French border police and the vehicle was allowed to continue onto its destination.

According to UKBA, the Romanian driver and the haulage company now each face a potential fine of up to £2,000 per stowaway if they are unable to prove they took steps to secure the vehicle.

Hold up, shouldn’t that be £10,000 fine each when did it go down to £2,000? Is there a special offer for bulk people smuggling?

Now here’s an idea, refuse entry into the country of lorries that have been caught with illegals on-board! Next time this lorry turns up at a port into Britain turn it away, just keep a record of blacked lorry registration numbers, simples!

By the way

A Nigerian man was jailed on 13 December for his part in a sham marriage at a Coventry church raided by UKBA officers.

Oluseyi Adelana, 42, pleaded guilty to attempting to stay in the UK illegally and was sentenced to only 6 months at Warwick Crown Court, Leamington Spa.

The verdict follows the jailing last week (6 December) of two other Nigerian nationals, a male, Tunde Ayammiyi, 50, and a female, Bukola Arinkanmile, 28. Both pleaded guilty to conspiring to break immigration laws and were sentenced to 20 months and 3 years respectively at Coventry Crown Court, now that sentence is more like it!

A fourth individual, Oscar Prata, 45, an Angolan-born Portuguese citizen, has also pleaded guilty to his part in the scam and is due to be sentenced in February 2011.

All four individuals were arrested on 29 October 2009 at St Chad’s church, Hillmorton Road, Wood End, Coventry just before a double wedding was due to begin.

Prata was due to marry Arinkamile, a bogus bride, while Ayammiyi was due to marry Carla Pavia Du Rusario, another bogus bride, from Portugal. Adelana was going to be a witness at the double wedding.

The immigration officers swooped on the church after the Reverend Valerie Woods became suspicious of the wedding arrangements.

All five foreign nationals were arrested. Du Rusario was later cautioned and returned to Portugal.

The investigation – codenamed Operation Brimrun – uncovered evidence that Prata had paid Du Rusario money to marry Ayammiyi, whom she had never met, and was flown from Portugal to the UK on a ticket paid for by Adelana.

Meanwhile

Four people have been charged in Luton for involvement in an alleged immigration scam.
On 9 December, officers from the East of England immigration crime team arrested Ashar Ali Rathore, 32, and Nadia Qadri, 33, at their home in Cornel Close, Luton.

Officers suspected that the Pakistani couple conspired to obtain leave to remain in the UK by pretending that they were in common law relationships with a Polish man and woman. Change of rules to exclude common law relationships from reasons why illegal immigrants can remain in this country would knock cases like this on the head!

Agata Szubiak, 29, and Tomasz Sopniewski, 28, were arrested at their workplaces later the same day in Kempston, Bedfordshire and London Colney, Hertfordshire respectively. Ah well at least two jobs have been created for our long term unemployed unless the company replaces them with illegal workers.

During a search of the property in Cornel Close, more than £16,300 cash was seized using powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

All four individuals were charged with conspiring to facilitate a breach of immigration law and appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court on 10 December. Rashore and Qadri were remanded into custody while Szubiak and Sopniewski were bailed.

All four will appear at Luton Crown Court on 28 February for a plea and case management hearing.

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