Thirty-six Indian nationals have been arrested following an operation to crack down on illegal working in Southall early on Tuesday morning, 26th June.
Acting on intelligence, aided and abetted by the Metropolitan Police, UKBA officers targeted illegal workers who gather daily in the King Street area looking for casual work. Officers moved into the area at around 07:30 on Tuesday carrying out immigration checks on individuals to see if they were entitled to live and work in the UK.
Thirty-six Indian males aged between 23 and 56 were arrested for a variety of immigration offences, sixteen of whom had overstayed their visas, including several students.
Thirty-four of the thirty-six arrested are currently in immigration detention awaiting removal from the country. Two have been released on immigration bail to queue for illegal work somewhere else in London
One of those arrested for immigration offences – a 26-year-old Indian man – is wanted by police on suspicion of money laundering and is now in police custody. A quantity of cash was also seized from his home address.
Boys from Brazil
Five immigration offenders have been returned to Brazil after they were arrested by UKBA officers in a raid on their Teddington home.
Officers visited the High Street property on 18th June. Immigration checks revealed that all five male residents were immigration offenders from Brazil and had been working without permission.
Three – aged 33, 31 and 20 – had overstayed their visas. Another aged 34, had entered the UK illegally and the other aged 36, was working in breach of his visitor’s visa.
All have now been returned to Brazil. The last of the five – the 36-year-old man – was put on a flight home on 24th June.
Six illegal workers in Staines
Six immigration offenders have been arrested in raids by UKBA officers at businesses in Staines.
UKBA officers first visited The Feathers in The Broadway, Laleham, shortly after 17:30 on Wednesday 20th June.
A 32-year-old Russian man was arrested and detained while work to remove him from the country is carried out. He was working as a chef, but had no permission to be in the country after his visa expired.
Officers then went on to High Street restaurant The Ancient Raj, entering the premises at approximately 18:45. Checks revealed that five members of staff, all Bangladeshi men, were working without permission.
Two of the men aged 41 and 19, had overstayed their visas, two aged 47 and 33, had entered the UK illegally; and one aged 29, was working in breach of his visitor’s visa. All five were placed in detention while work to remove them is carried out.
Meanwhile in Cheshire
On Thursday 21st June UKBA officers visited KPT Food and Wine, Langdale Road, Runcorn and arrested a 32-year-old Sri Lankan man who was in the country illegally.
Officers also visited the Ming Hau Restaurant, Cambridge Road, Ellesmere Port on Friday 22nd June and arrested two Chinese men. One man aged 24 had overstayed his visa and the other aged 46 had entered the UK without any leave to do so. Both men were working illegally. The 3 men currently remain in immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.
David Cameron wants to stop child benefit after second child for unemployed parents yet latest figures show around £42million a year in child benefit payments is handed out to migrant families whose children do not even live in Britain.