So many illegal workers they queue up on streets

Posted: March 15, 2013 in Law & Disorder
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southallEleven people have been arrested by the UK Border Agency following a joint operation to tackle illegal workers in Southall.
On Tuesday 12th March, agency officers, together with the Metropolitan Police, turned up a location on King Street, targeting individuals who gather in the area looking for casual labour.
They arrested 11 men, all Indian nationals aged between 28 and 65. Ten were in the country illegally having over-stayed their visas. One, a 46-year-old, had entered the UK illegally.
Ten of the 11 have been detained by the UK Border Agency pending their removal from the UK. The remaining man was granted immigration bail giving him a chance queue up on some other ‘frog and toad’ (road) for illegal work.

Talking about ‘elevenses’

article-2289290-187C2182000005DC-340_634x321Eleven members of a sham marriage gang have been jailed for more than 18 years on 6th March at Manchester crown court. When you think about it that’s not much of a sentence considering those 18 years are split between eleven people with one getting nearly four of those years.
The gang helped and took part in a series of sham marriage ceremonies mainly in the Blackburn area of Lancashire in an attempt to illegally gain leave to remain in the UK for a number of Indian nationals.
The weddings took place at registry offices in Blackburn, Wrexham and Chester between Portuguese brides and the Indian grooms. The ceremonies took place often without any communication between the couples because they didn’t have a common language.
The gang was caught following investigation into the marriages, which were conducted between February 2011 and July 2012.
The brides would fly into the UK on prearranged flights to visit the UK for short periods. They would apply for documents and National Insurance numbers, after which they ‘married’, enabling the Indians to apply for European Economic Area (EEA) residency status as spouses of EEA nationals.
The court heard how Maria Loureiro, a 54-year-old Portuguese national, living in London was the main facilitator in the weddings. She regularly accompanied the brides as they arrived at UK airports, acted as a translator during the weddings and waited outside while some of weddings took place. She was sentenced to 45 months after pleading guilty to helping with the entry of non EU persons into the UK.
Six of the gang members pleaded guilty to conspiracy to attempt to breach immigration law at Manchester Crown Court in December last year. On 7th February this year the remaining six also pleaded guilty to the same offences.


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