Six illegal immigrants have been caught in raids by the UK Border Agency in Manchester Tuesday 23 August.
UKBA officers visited Tiger Tiger, Maxwell House, Unit 5-6 Withy Grove at 8:00 am to question staff and ensure they had right to be in the UK.
Three Jamaican women, two Jamaican men, one Nigerian man and a partridge in a pear tree were all found to be working illegally and employed by an agency who supplied workers to the restaurant.
Five of the six arrested remain detained pending removal from the UK. One 79 year old Jamaican man who was also found to have overstayed his visa was released on immigration bail to hobble off into the crowd and disappear forever.
Tiger tiger burning bright,
on the streets of the night.
What illegal workers will be found
by UKBA on their rounds.
apologies to William Blake
More Irish sham marriages
Officers from the immigration crime team arrested a Polish woman and a Pakistani man at an address in Carryduff Co Down before their planned sham marriage in Newtownards on Friday 19 August.
The would-be bride and groom were taken to Bangor police station where they were interviewed and charged.
Imran Javed, a 31-year-old Pakistan national, was charged with seeking leave to remain in the UK by deception and obtaining leave to remain in the UK by deception having falsely claimed to be studying as a student in the UK.
Javed appeared in Newtownards Magistrates Court on Friday 19 August and was remanded in custody.
The 18-year-old Polish woman, charged with assisting unlawful immigration, was released on bail to appear at a later date.
Talking about sham marriages yet again
A south London man has been ordered to forfeit £27,500 profit he made from a sham marriage operation.
Magistrates told 38-year-old Sulaimon Lawal of Drovers Way in Peckham, who is already serving a five-year jail sentence after admitting conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigrants into the country, that the government will retain the money under the 2002 Proceeds of Crime Act.
Croydon Magistrates Court heard that the money was discovered when Lawal’s home was raided in November 2010.
Lawal was arrested after attempting to jump over the garden fence with a suitcase containing ‘packs’ of Home Office EEA application forms, false utility bills and accompanying documents, all believed to be false applications to the Home Office.
At the court hearing, on Thursday 11 August, magistrates ordered the forfeiture of the full £27,500 plus accrued interest. They agreed that the money was recoverable property, having been the proceeds of crime, and should not be returned to Lawal.
A confiscation investigation remains ongoing in order to seize any assets belonging to Lawal which can be shown to be the result of his criminality.
Orientals pinching our watercress
Trustees from the Town and Manor of Hungerford in Berkshire, who control the rights to the local rivers, are on the lookout after people were spotted filling plastic dustbin liners with watercress and loading them into a getaway vehicle.
Apparently gangs of orientals are paddling through the marshes and plundering the watercress stocks on a commercial level.
Robert James, a spokesman for Hungerford’s Town and Manor trust, said two Oriental men in their thirties and a woman aged around 60 were spotted loading six large, black plastic sacks full of watercress into a vehicle parked in broad daylight a few yards from the riverside water meadows at Hopgrass Farm just outside the town.
“We have had this problem before and I drove to apprehend them, picking up two police officers on the way. But by the time we got there they had disappeared.”
Blimey police cuts are biting, they even need a lift to the scene of a crime.